The Ohio State University Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) is a leading-edge interdisciplinary research center that studies dark energy, dark matter, the origin of cosmic structure, and the highest energy particles in the universe to find answers to the fundamental questions “What is the universe made of?” and “How did it evolve?”

The distinctive trait of CCAPP, for which we are internationally known, is our interactive and collaborative culture, which leads to research breakthroughs, mentors the next generation of scientists to be leaders, and motivates our commitment to outreach.

{John Beacom, Director, CCAPP} 

At a Glance

  • 29 Faculty Members

  • 14 Postdoctoral Fellows

  • 20 Graduate Students

Research Interests

  • Dark energy and cosmic expansion

  • Dark matter clustering and properties

  • Galaxy properties and formation

  • High-energy cosmic rays, gamma rays, and neutrinos

  • Supernovae and other optical transients

Research: The Cosmic Frontier

CCAPP scientists are part of several leading international collaborations to explore our universe and its amazing contents. One is the All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN), which discovered the most energetic supernova ever seen. In 2016, ASAS-SN was awarded a $2.4M, five-year grant from the Gordan and Betty Moore Foundation.

Research, Facilities and Achievements

CCAPP, which connects Ohio State’s Departments of Physics and Astronomy, is a busy place. Through workshops and seminars, more than 200 people from around the world visit every year.

Ruby Cluster
The Ruby Cluster, operated by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) on Ohio State’s west campus, is used by CCAPP researchers to connect observational data with cutting-edge theoretical models. Investment by CCAPP enabled OSC to enlarge the Ruby Cluster.

The Price Prize
Awarded annually, the Price Prize is a worldwide competition to recognize graduate students doing outstanding research on CCAPP-related topics. Winners make a week-long visit to CCAPP, present a seminar, and often initiate new collaborations.  

The Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics Lecture Series
Renowned scientists bring research in cosmology and astrophysics to the university community and the general public. The series is supported by a generous gift from Captain Forest R. Biard, U.S. Navy, Ret., a 1953 MS recipient from The Ohio State University. 

CCAPP science is shared widely, engaging the public and inspiring the next generation of scientists. Activities include Science Sundays public lectures, the ASPIRE camp for female high-school students, internships for high-school and undergraduate students, and a wide variety of presentations to younger students, both at Ohio State and throughout the community.

COSI Connections
Paul Sutter, a researcher and outreach specialist in Astronomy and CCAPP, is also COSI’s first Chief Scientist, which facilitates many joint programs with COSI.