Areas of Expertise
Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics
A theoretical astrophysicist, Kravtsov develops and uses new numerical and scientific visualization techniques to tackle one of the biggest questions in modern astrophysics. He performs simulations on supercomputers in the United States and abroad to address this question, which concerns how galaxies and galaxy clusters formed within the framework of the big bang theory. These simulations provide a way to compare predictions against observations from early epochs to the present to investigate the implications of various hypotheses regarding the nature of dark matter and dark energy. His honors include a 2003 National Science Foundation Career Award. Kravtsov speaks three languages: Russian (native), Ukrainian (native) and English.