David Spergel's Home Page
I am a theoretical astrophysicist. My interests range from
the search for planets around nearby stars to the shape of
Over the past decade, the
has been the main focus of my research. WMAP was
successfully launched on June 30, 2001.
The results from WMAP are described
in a series of papers. The
WMAP 2003 and 2006 parameters papers are currently the 4th and 10th most cited paper in
the entire SPIRES catalog and the two most cited papers in physics published this millenium. Our seven year results paper is the most cited paper published in 2011 in physics and astrophysics.
See this page
for a list of my publications.
this interview for a brief description of the WMAP results
Mike Lemonick's book for the story of the WMAP satellite. My next major CMB project is the
Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT)
I am involved in several large space and ground-based collaborations
that are developing new technologies for cosmology and exoplanet science:
Princeton University TPF group
new technologies that should hopefully enable the
direct imaging of earth-like planets.
Cochair, Science Definition Team or
the WFIRST mission, a mission that aims to understand
dark energy, explore the growth of structures and galaxies,
and search for extrasolar planets.
Euclid science team
- PIXIE Science team, an Explorer-class mission to measure the gravity-wave signature of primordial inflation
- SUMIRE, Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts, a two part project
consisting of the HyperSuprime Cam survey or the sky followed by the
spectroscopic study with PFS. (Chair, HSC Executive Committee; Member,
PFS Executive Committee)
I am the Founding Director of the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute.
Here are links to a list of my
- Room 113, Peyton Hall, Princeton, NJ, 08544
- Phone: (609) 258 3589
- Fax: (609) 258 8226
- email: dns at astro DOT princeton DOT edu
I am serving as Chair of the Department and am the
Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation.
I am an Associate Faculty Member in the Physics Department and in the Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering Department. I am currently chair of the space studies board.
and recent publications.
Presidential Lecture Series:Illuminating the History of the Universe
with the Cosmic Microwave Background
Introduction to WFIRST/AFTA Mission
Recent Results from ACT talk
at IPMU (Video)
New Cosmology Talk
Dark Energy Talk
Talk on Terrestrial Planet Finding
You Tube talk at Dartmouth
on Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and Inflation"
My popular talk on
"Taking the Universe's Baby Picture" is available on-line at UCTV.
Another version of the lecture is also available at iTunes U.
Atacama Cosmology Telescope
Cosmology at Princeton"
Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics
WMAP web page
Former Thesis Students
Quashnock (Dept. Chair, Physics, Carthage College)
- Kevin Long
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University
- Arlie Petters (Beanjamin Powell Professori of Mathematics, Duke University)
- Suvendra Dutta, Res. Staff, Harvard/Smithsonian CfA
- Fred Persi V.P. of Products and Technology, Quantapoint
- Hong Sheng Zhao Lecturer, University of St Andrews
- Julianne Dalcanton, Prof., Univ.of Washington
- James Rhoads, Assoc. Prof.,
Arizona State University
Jeremy Kepner, Lincoln Laboratories
- Maki Suginohara, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
- David Goldberg, Prof., Drexel University
S. Peng Oh, Assoc. Prof., UC Santa Barbara
Eiichiro Komatsu, Director, Max Planck Institute, Garching
Hiranya Peiris: Reader, University College, London
- Niayesh Afshordi: Assistant Professor, Perimeter & Waterloo
- Joe Hennawi: Research Staff, MPI Heidelberg
- Simon Dedeo: Asst. Prof., University of Indiana
- Ed Sirko: Software Engineer, Virtualheroes
- Janice Hester: Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech
- Beth Reid: Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley
- Sudeep Das: Asst. Prof., University of Michigan
- Shirley Ho: Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Aurelien Fraisse: Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton
- Kheegan Lee: Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley
- Blake Sherwin: Miller Fellow, Berkeley
- Colin Hill: Simons Fellow, Columbia University
Current Graduate Students
- Simone Ferraro *15
- Emmanuel Schaan *17
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
- Nick Battaglia (Spitzer Fellow)
- Renee Hlozek (Spitzer Fellow)
- Hironao Miyatake (JSPS Fellow)
- Johan Samsing (Einstein Fellow)
Current Undergraduate Students
Science Citation Laureate
Gruber Prize (as member of WMAP team)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
Time Magazine 25 Most Influential Space Scientists
Heinemann Prize (2015)
Nature "10 who Mattered in 2014"