The Evryscope at CTIO.
The Evryscope at CTIO.
The astronomy and astrophysics program within the Department has close ties to the efforts in gravity physics and nuclear physics, as well as between theory and observations in general.

Our department is involved in partnerships on several world class telescopes, guaranteeing observing time on these facilities. More information is available at the UNC Observatories page. We also use national facilities, including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the Gemini Observatory, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and selected other facilities including the Australia Telescope, the Anglo-Australia Telescope, and the Keck Observatory.

Theoretical astrophysics employs data from all these facilities. Dedicated Departmental computational facilities in Phillips and Chapman Halls (Linux workstations and 32-core computational processors) are augmented by the campus research computing clusters.

Astronomical instrumentation also plays a major role in the Department, represented currently by the high-throughput Goodman multi-slit Spectrograph for the SOAR Telescope, development of large-format curved volume phase holographic gratings for high-efficiency spectroscopy on telescopes up to ELT’s, robotic telescope design and construction including Evryscopes being used for an all-sky survey of time-variable phenomena, a Robo-AO high-order adaptive optics system for SOAR, and a multi-unit, integral-field feed for the Goodman Spectrograph.

Faculty and Research Specialties


COMPACT REMNANTS
Chris Clemens, Charles Evans, Dan Reichart

STARS AND EXOPLANETS
Chris Clemens, Christian IliadisNick Law, Greg Sloan (visiting lecturer), Bart Dunlap (postdoctoral fellow), Octavi Fors (postdoctoral fellow), J.J. Hermes (Hubble fellow)

INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM EVOLUTION AND STAR FORMATION
Fabian Heitsch, Sheila Kannappan

EVOLUTION OF GALAXIES AND LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE
Gerald Cecil, Fabian HeitschSheila Kannappan

COSMOLOGY
Adrienne ErickcekCharles Evans, Laura Mersini-Houghton, Sheila Kannappan, Dan Reichart

GRAVITY PHYSICS
Charles Evans

NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS
Art Champagne, Christian Iliadis

PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS
Reyco HenningJack Ng, John Wilkerson

COMPUTATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS
Charles Evans, Fabian Heitsch

ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION
Gerald CecilChris Clemens, Nick Law

ASTROSTATISTICS
Gerald Cecil, Sheila Kannappan, Nick Law, Dan Reichart