David Spergel's Home Page


Research Interests

I am a theoretical astrophysicist. My interests range from the search for planets around nearby stars to the shape of the universe.

Over the last decade, the WMAP Satellite 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 strophysics.

See this interview for a brief description of the WMAP results and see Mike Lemonick's book for the story of the WMAP satellite. My next major CMB project is the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and supporting observations through the Southern Cosmology Surveys, an international collaboration.

I am involved in several large space and ground-based collaborations that are developing new technologies for cosmology and exoplanet science:

I am also part of the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU)

Here are links to a list of my recent and most-cited papers.

Contact Information

Teaching

Administration

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 co-chair of the NAS Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics. My CV and recent publications. Long version of CV and bibliography.

Talks

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.


Astrophysics Links

  • Princeton University Observatory and Library .
  • Other astronomy resources.
  • Atacama Cosmology Telescope
  • CMB Experiments at Princeton
  • Cosmology at Princeton"
  • Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics
  • WMAP web page


    Other Interesting Links


    Former Thesis Students

    Current Graduate Students

    Current Postdoctoral Fellows

    Current Undergraduate Students

    Awards

  • Shaw Prize
  • Science Citation Laureate
  • MacArthur Fellowship
  • Gruber Prize (as member of WMAP team)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Time Magazine 25 Most Influential Space Scientists
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