Oleg Kargaltsev

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Oleg Kargaltsev

Professor of Physics



407 Corcoran Hall , 725 21st St NW Washington DC 20052

Areas of Expertise

  • High-Energy Astrophysics: Compact Objects (neutron stars and black holes)
  • Pulsars and Pulsar-Wind Nebulae
  • Cooling of old neutron stars (HST observations)
  • Gamma-Ray Sources
  • X-ray Astronomy
  • Multiwavelength and Variability Studies of high-energy sources
  • Astrostatistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Optical Transients

Current Research

Neutron stars and black holes are the sites for some of the most extreme conditions in the Universe. By studying these objects we can push the understanding of the extreme states of matter and space beyond what can be achieved in the laboratories on Earth. My research is revolving around studying  astrophysical manifestations of these exciting objects, understanding their diverse properties, and applying the new knowledge to test and push the limits of current physics theory. I am interested in applying novel techniques, such as machine-learning and advanced signal processing, to learn more about various high-energy phenomena.


PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University (2004)

Classes Taught

  • Stars, Planets, and Life in the Universe: ASTR 1001-10, ASTR 1001-11 (SCALE-UP)
  • Applied Statistics and Data Analysis in Physics (PHYS 6810)
  • Origins of Cosmos: ASTR 1002-10;  ASTR 1002-11 (SCALE-UP)
  • Space Astrophysics (ASTR 3161)
  • Astrophysics I  (PHYS 6630)
  • Selected Topics in  Astrophysics (PHYS 8150)
  • Computational Physics (PHYS 3181)