Department of Physics

Theoretical Astrophysics

Astrophysics ImageTo be sure, astronomical observations inform us about the many objects that populate our cosmos, as well as natural phenomena associated with those objects.  But a proper interpretation of what is being observed usually requires a theoretical study of the underlying principles that govern nature.  Present areas of research in theoretical astrophysics being explored at Xavier include star and planet formation, cosmic-ray production and diffusion, and quasar evolution in the early Universe.