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Currently UMBC has over 25 PhD astrophysicists working on various aspects of observational and theoretical astrophysics associated with Heliophysics, Galactic and ExtraGalactic sources. This research involves observations conducted in all wavebands from radio to γ-ray frequencies using most of the major astronomical satellites (SpitzerHubble), along with balloon payloads and a number of ground-based facilities. The focus is, however, on high-energy (X- &γ-rays, and particle) astrophysics, specifically research associated with the Chandra, Fermi (formerly known as GLAST), INTREGALSwift and XMM missions.

Many of UMBC’s scientists also work on the development of the associated instrument technology, software and calibration, and theoretical simulations for current and future missions