Image of Orion Nebula (M42) taken at the Iowa Robotic Observatory in southern Arizona

The astrophysics group is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. We study a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, from solar system plasma physics to x-ray emission from black hole accretion disks. We maintain strong synergistic collaborations with both the space physics and plasma physics groups in the Department. Click on Research in the menu bar to view a brief summary of our current research areas, or on Faculty to view individual faculty and staff research programs.

The astrophysics group operates the Iowa Robotic Observatory and is a collaborating member of the VERITAS ground-based very high energy gamma-ray telescope array.  Faculty, research staff, and thesis students regularly utilize a variety of ground-based astronomical observatories including the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's  Very Large Array, and VLBA, and the Arecibo Observatory. We are also frequent users of space-based facilities including the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope.  In addition, we have active programs in the development of radio and X-ray instrumentation and are currently involved preparing a rocket flight for soft X-ray spectroscopy.

We offer undergraduate (B.S., B.A.) degrees in astronomy and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in physics with an astronomy emphasis. For information on  courses offered and admissions, click on the respective menu items above. 

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