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Research Interests

I am fascinated by the "inner space/outer space" connections that link the science at the smallest and largest scales.  My research focusses on the highest-energy sites in nature--the big bang, exploding stars (supernovae), and high-energy particles in space (cosmic rays)--where nuclear physics and elementary particle physics play a central role.  Understanding these processes and their interplay allows us to trace the history of matter over cosmic time. Turning the problem around, I use these high-energy phenomena as particle accelerators to probe fundamental physics in ways inaccessible to terrestrial experiment.

Education

PhD in Physics. U. of Chicago 1994.
AB in Physics and English. Williams College 1989.

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Office Address

216 Astronomy Building, MC-221
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Big-Bang Nucleosynthesis after Planck

Fields, B. D., Olive, K. A., Yeh, T. H. & Young, C., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 2020, 3, 010.

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  • Magnetic Imprisonment of Dusty Pinballs by a Supernova Remnant

    Fry, B. J., Fields, B. D. & Ellis, A. J. R., May 10 2020, In : Astrophysical Journal. 894, 2, 109.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Using gamma ray monitoring to avoid missing the next Milky Way Type Ia supernova

    Wang, X., Fields, B. D. & Lien, A. Y., Jun 1 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 486, 2, p. 2910-2918 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Are starburst galaxies proton calorimeters?

    Wang, X. & Fields, B. D., Mar 1 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 3, p. 4073-4088 16 p.

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  • No Escape from the Supernova! Magnetic Imprisonment of Dusty Pinballs by a Supernova Remnant

    Fry, B. J., Fields, B. & Ellis, J., Jan 22 2018, (Submitted) In : The Astrophysical journal.

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