MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Michael A. Nowak

Research Scientist Research Scientist

I am a research scientist at the Chandra X-ray Science Center here at MIT, where for the eleven years I have been performing research with NASA and ESA satellites, in close collaboration with ground based observers. Prior to working at MIT, I have been a visitor at Yale University, a postdoctoral associate at JILA (formerly the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a postdoctoral associate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto.

Research interests: 

My primary research interests concern high energy phenomena as related to the physics of black holes --- stellar mass black holes in our own galaxy, as well as supermassive black holes in our own Galactic center and in the centers of other galaxies --- and neutron stars. My work has encompassed both observation and theory within the field of High Energy Astrophysics. My early theoretical work focused on the hydrodynamics of accretion flows, and later evolved into theories describing the implications of X-ray spectra and variability for models of jets and coronae. This theoretical work led me to pursue observational studies with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), the Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics (ASCA), and now more recently with the Chandra, XMM-Newton, and Suzaku X-ray satellites. I also have formed close collaborations with observers working in radio, optical, and other wavelength bands.

Contact Information

t: 617-253-1366


S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987 M.S., Stanford University, 1988 Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992