DR Christian Reichardt

DR Christian Reichardt


  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Experimental astrophysics and cosmology (Inflation, dark energy, cosmological tests of fundamental physics, cosmological structure formation)
  • Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect and Galaxy cluster Cosmology



  • Dr Reichardt’s research utilises international experiments to study the Cosmic Microwave Background, relic radiation from the Big Bang. He is a key member in the international collaborations for the South Pole Telescope (with the experiments SPT-SZ, SPTpol, and SPT-3G), and the POLARBEAR and Simons Array experiments. Members of his group are using data from these world class observatories to address some of the big problems in cosmology today: (1) using galaxy clusters, the most massive collapsed objects in the Universe, to study dark energy, (2) using the gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background to measure just how massive neutrinos are, and, perhaps most excitingly, (3) looking for the gravitational waves, the so-called “smoking gun” for an inflationary epoch in the first instant of the Universe.   


Member of

  • The Astronomical Society of Australia. Member of ASA 2014 -
  • American Astronomical Society. AAS member 2006 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, California Institute of Technology 2008
  • BS, California Institute of Technology 2001

Awards and honors

  • Group Achievement Award - Planck US HFI instrument team, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2010
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2002
  • Sigma Xi Award, California Institute of Technology, 2001


Available for supervision

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