Eliot Quataert

    Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
    Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy

Department of Astrophysical Sciences
4 Ivy Lane
Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544



I am a theoretical astrophysicist with interests in a wide variety of problems, including black holes, stars, plasma astrophysics, and galaxy formation.

My publications can be found here (at or here (at ADS).   A list of some of the papers of mine that I like the most.

Curriculum vitae     Short Academic Bio

Although I greatly enjoy theoretical physics research, I have a confession ....         I am not yet a member of this dept


How Massive Stars Live and Die (KITP Blackboard Lunch Talk)
The Surprisingly Dynamic Last Years in the Lives of Massive Stars   The Physics of Cosmic Rays (a review)
Fueling Black Hole Growth in Galactic Nuclei       The Thermal Stability of Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
Short-Duration Gamma-ray Bursts                          New Forms of Convection in Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
The Heating and Acceleration of the Solar Wind    The FIR-Radio Correlation & Gamma-ray Emission from Star-Forming Galaxies
Gamma-ray Bursts from the Birth of Magnetars     Accretion in the Galactic Center                             

2011 Biermann Lectures (MPA):   The Physics of Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
                                                        Feedback During Galaxy Formation
                                                        Searching for the Electromagnetic Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources

Public Talks & Online Courses

Colliding Neutron Stars, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements
What Does a Black Hole Look Like (a talk on the stunning Event Horizon Telescope Results)
Black Holes
The Modern Origins Story:  From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets   See the youtube video for a version of this talk.


Postdoctoral:   Princeton has several prize postdoctoral fellowships that I encourage you to apply for.    Please contact me if you have any questions.

Graduate & Undergraduate:  I am happy to talk with interested students at any time.

Previous Undergraduate Students:  Naveed Ahmad, Keaton Burns, Hannah Klion, Alwin Mao

Current PhD Students:   Andrea Antoni, Chris Bambic (co-advised w/ Matt Kunz), Alisa Galishnikova, He Jia, Nora Linzer (co-advised w/ Eve Ostriker)

Previous graduate students I have worked closely with: 
Prateek Sharma (IIsc), Mike Boylan-Kolchin (UT Austin), Brian Metzger (Columbia), Linda Strubbe (Science Teaching & Learning Fellow, UBC), Jackson DeBuhr (Univ. Indiana), Josh Shiode (Senior Govt Relations Officer at AAAS), Josh Burkart (Google), Jacob Lynn (Via Analytics), Mike McCourt (Invoca), Josiah Schwab (Hubble Fellow, UCSC), Daniel Lecoanet (Princeton), Drummond Fielding (CCA), Sean Ressler (CITA),  Kareem El-Badry (CFA), Hannah Klion (LBNL), Philipp Kempski (Princeton)

A column by Josh Shiode relevant to my advising style.

Postdocs I am currently collaborating with:  Ben Margalit, Tamar Faran, Andrew Chael, George Wong, Bart Ripperda, Rajsekhar Mohaptra

Postdocs I have previously collaborated with
Todd Thompson (OSU), Bryan Johnson (Livermore), Greg Howes (Iowa), Phil Chang (Univ. Wisconsin,  Milwaukee), Niccolo Bucciantini (Arcetri), Tony Piro (Carnegie), Prateek Sharma (IIsc),  Nevin Weinberg (MIT), Mario Riquelme (Univ. of Chile), Ian Parrish, Phil Hopkins (Caltech), Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere (Northwestern), Tobi Heinemann (NBIA), Ken Shen (UCB), Ryan O'Leary (Google), Jason Dexter (Boulder), Dusan Keres (UCSD), Geoff Vasil (Sydney), Freeke van de Voort (Cardiff), Rodrigo Fernandez (Alberta), Robert Feldmann (Zurich), Ann-Marie Madigan (Boulder), Mike Belyaev (Livermore), Francois Foucart (UNH), Chris White (CCA), Sasha Tchekhovskoy (Northwestern), Davide Martizzi, Paul Duffell (Purdue), Jing Luan, Kyle Parfrey (PPPL), Sasha Philippov (UMD), Richard Anantua (UTSA), Eric Coughlin (Syracuse), Jono Squire (Univ. Otago), Philipp Moesta (Amsterdam), Stephen Ro, Yuan Li (UNT), Xiangcheng Ma, Sivan Ginzburg (Hebrew Univ), Archie Bott (Oxford), Wenbin Lu (Berkeley)


I was born in Santa Monica, California on June 19, 1973, lived for almost 12 years in Houston,Texas, and spent my high school years in Vestal, New York (upstate near the border between NY and PA).  I received my B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1995 (carrying out research with Pawan Kumar) and my Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University  in 1999 (under the supervision of Ramesh Narayan).   I was a postdoc in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study for 2 years before coming to Berkeley in 2001.  I moved to Princeton in Fall 2020.

When I can find the time, I enjoy nature photography.   I also enjoy cooking, hiking, gardening (growing food, that is), and reading.