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About CASS


The Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) is an Organized Research Unit on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with faculty affiliated with the departments of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Chemistry and Biochemistry, and others at UCSD.

CASS researchers cover the entire wavelength spectrum from radio to gamma-rays, from the earliest visible times in the Universe, to nearby stellar systems, to the Solar system. CASS contains theoreticians, instrument builders, observers, modelers, and simulation experts. Interests range from the Cosmic Microwave Background, formation of the earliest stars and galaxies, the chemical composition of the filamentary structures in the early Universe, galactic and stellar evolution, accretion onto compact objects be they supermassive or stellar mass black holes or neutron stars with a range of magnetic fields. Solar system interests include the testing of General Relativity with lunar laser ranging, Solar mass ejections and space weather, and the composition of comets and asteroids.

Further details on the research interests of CASS researchers can be found on the Research page.