Edward Cackett

Edward Cackett

Associate Professor

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 Rm 337, Physics

Edward Cackett


Physics & Astronomy

Associate Professor, Wayne State University, 2016-present

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, 2012-2016

Postdoctral Research Fellow, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, 2010-2011

Schlumberger Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, 2010-2011

Chandra Fellow, University of Michigan, 2008-2010

Dean MacLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2006-2008

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Astrophysics of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes), more specifically:

    • Accretion across the mass scale: from neutron stars and black holes in X-ray binaries to Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
    • Observational probes of the neutron star dense matter equation of state (neutron star radii and masses)
    • Reflection and reverberation in neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries
    • Reverberation mapping in AGN (optical, UV and X-ray)
    • Accretion disks around supermassive black holes
    • Accretion at low rates and quiescent emission from neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries

    Press-release and link to Nature cover article I co-authored (01/10/2019) here.

    Press-releases (31 May 2012) from NASA and ESA about a paper I co-authored.


  • Ph.D., University of St Andrews, UK, 2007
  • M. Sci., University of Durham, UK, 2003

Awards and grants

  • WSU Career Development Chair (2017)

    WSU Deparment of Physics & Astronomy Richard J. Barber Faculty Recognitiion Award (2017)

    NSF CAREER award (2014): see announcement here

    Wayne State Academy of Scholars, Junior Faculty Award (2015)

Selected publications

As of 23 August 2020: 183 articles published in peer-reviewed journals

An up-to-date lists of publications can be found using the following links:



Currently teaching

  • Fall 2020: PHY/AST 5010, Stellar Astrophysics (3 credits)

Courses taught

Stellar Astrophysics, PHY/AST 5010, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2019, Fall 2020 (3 credits)

Galaxies & the Universe, AST 5100, Winter 2017 (3 credits)

Astronomical Techniques (Winter 2019, Winter 2020)


Citation index

  • More than 7000 total citations

    h-index: 46 (as of August 2020)