Professor Andrea Macciò has been searching his entire life for something that science knows is there but has never seen.
The Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics at NYU Abu Dhabi is an alliance of faculty and scholars actively involved in research in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary and particle physics. It includes faculty members from the physics and the mathematics programs at NYUAD, members of the Center for Space Science, and faculty from the NYU Global Network, specifically several faculty from the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at NYU New York.
The Center possesses the unique possibility of tackling fundamental questions in astrophysics, astroparticle physics and planetary physics from several points of view, combining state-of-the-art observational data from the ground and space on the nature of visible and invisible matter, with detailed theoretical and numerical modeling from planets to galaxies, and linking them together cohesively.
The goal of the Center will be to work toward providing answers to a series of fundamental questions related to the composition and evolution of our universe, such as:
The Center has organized itself around four interconnected and interdisciplinary research clusters that encompass a range of topics, from elementary particles to planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole. These clusters will not only overlap in their science goals but also in the methodology used (e.g., numerical simulations) and in taking advantage of sharing state-of-the-art experimental and observational data. They are connected as a continuum to other research activities at NYUAD.
All researchers associated with the Center will be involved with more than one cluster. We will make strategic hires (senior researchers and faculty) at the boundary of these clusters to strengthen the collaborations amongst the Center researchers.