Ed Cackett

Ed Cackett

Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Physics & Astronomy

Ed Cackett

  • Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Wayne State University, August 2023 onwards
  • Interim Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Wayne State University, August 2022 - July 2023
  • Professor, Wayne State University, August 2022-present
  • Associate Professor, Wayne State University, 2016-2022
  • 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)

  • Accretion disks around supermassive black holes

  • Reverberation mapping in AGN (optical, UV and X-ray) and X-ray binaries (X-ray)

  • Reflection and reverberation in neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries

  • Observational probes of the neutron star dense matter equation of state (neutron star radii and masses)

  • 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 Department of Physics & Astronomy Richard J. Barber Faculty Recognitiion Award (2017)

  • NSF CAREER award (2014)

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

  • Sultana N. Nahar Prize for Distinction in Research in Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University (2019)

Selected publications

  • As of April 2024: 214 articles published in peer-reviewed journals
  • An up-to-date lists of publications can be found using the following links:
  • arXiv

Citation index

  • More than 11,700 total citations

  • h-index: 62 (as of April 2024)

Courses taught by Ed Cackett

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022