Professor Grant J. Mathews, Ph.D.
Professor, Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
Director, Center for Astrophysics at Notre Dame University (CANDU)
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Grant J. Mathews Ph.D. is a professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology for the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame. In the past, his research topics have included the origin and evolution of matter in the universe--from the first instants of cosmic expansion in the big bang to the present complex interactions of stars and gas in galaxies. His current research topics include the nature and origin of dark energy and dark matter. He is searching for manifestations of extra large “bulk” dimensions in so-called “brane-world” cosmology, which can affect the history of cosmic expansion, the formation and evolution of galactic structure, and the epoch of primordial nucleosynthesis. Other studies include the possibility for time varying fundamental constants and evidence for large compact dimensions, as well as general-relativistic hydrodynamic simulations of orbiting, accreting, collapsing and/or merging white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Of particular ongoing interest for Professor Mathews is the study of the origin of elements in stars and supernovae. For more biographical information, please visit the faculty biographies on the Notre Dame Physics Department website.
Prior to Dr. Mathews' participation, Professor Michael Wiescher was responsible for much of the course's design. Notre Dame Open Courseware would like to thank Dr. Wiescher for his contribution.