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John Beacom

John Beacom

John Beacom

Professor, Physics, Astronomy, and Director of the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP)


614 247-8102

M2004 Physics Research Building
191 W Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Neutrinos
  • Particle/Nuclear Astrophysics & Cosmology


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1997

Professor Beacom joined the OSU Physics Department in 2004 and since 2011 has had a quarter-time appointment in Astronomy. He is a theorist and phenomenologist, working at the interface between physics and astronomy. He has made significant contributions to particle and nuclear astrophysics, with topics including the emission, propagation, and detection of neutrinos, gamma rays, and cosmic rays from astrophysical sources. In addition, he has constrained the physics of dark matter particle properties using observations as disparate as the X-ray emission of the Andromeda galaxy and the heat flow of the Earth. Prof. Beacom is also well known for his work on the history of star formation, the census of supernovae across cosmic time, and the associated diffuse supernova neutrino background.

Research Interests:

  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Cosmology

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