Jorge Noronha is a nuclear theorist whose primary interest is in the out-of-equilibrium behavior of relativistic systems under extreme conditions.
Illinois Center for Advanced Studies of the Universe
The iCASU is an interdisciplinary arena for research, education, and outreach on scientific topics related to problems in fundamental physics that connect the fields of cosmology, gravity, high energy, and nuclear physics. The center is inspired by seeking answers to big questions, such as "What is the universe made of at the most fundamental level?", "What are the principles, symmetries, and forces that govern the interactions of the fundamental particles and fields?", and "How does the universe work at all scales of energy, curvature, and size?". These questions are explored in nuclear physics through the study of all forms of nuclear matter, in high energy physics through studies of particle interactions at all energy scales, and in astrophysics through cosmological and gravitational studies. The iCASU focuses on the many intersections and connections between these fields to enable interdisciplinary research with the goal of obtaining a deeper understanding of our universe.
Jaki Noronha-Hostler is a nuclear physicist. In her research, she does simulations of the most perfect fluid we know of – quark-gluon plasma – moving at the speed of light, and then compares the simulations directly to experimental data.
Helvi Witek specializes in black holes, gravity, and gravitational waves and how we can use them to understand open questions about the universe.
Nico Yunes is a theoretical relativist, who studies gravitational waves, black holes, and neutron stars.