Steven Allen

Steven Allen

Professor of Physics and of Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Faculty Research Interests
X-ray Astronomy and Observational Cosmology (XOC)

Steve is interested in the physics of the most massive objects in the Universe and how we can use them to probe how the Universe evolved. Steve and his group are currently focused on understanding the astrophysics of galaxies and of galaxy clusters using multi-wavelength observations, and on using large, statistical samples of these objects to probe the natures of dark matter, dark energy and fundamental physics. More information regarding ongoing research and a list of Steve's current group members can be found here.

Steve Allen is an expert in multiwavelength studies of galaxy clusters and the use of galaxy clusters as cosmological probes. His team have pioneered various aspects of astrophysical and cosmological studies with galaxy clusters, including the development and application of robust statistical methods, with particular emphasis on X-ray and weak lensing technqiues. For this work he was co-recipient of the 2008 Bruno Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society. He has co-authored approximately 200 publications in leading refereed journals, which have together gathered more than 20,000 citations. He is a member of the Athena Science Study Team, the Athena Wide Field Imager Consortium, the Lynx Science and Technology Definition Team, the Hitomi Science Team, the Dark Energy Survey, the Euclid Consortium, the South Pole Telescope Collaboration, the Simons Observatory, the CMB-S4 Collaboration, and serves as the Department of Energy's formal Point of Contact for the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration. Allen leads the X-ray Astronomy and Observational Cosmology group at Stanford University and heads the LSST Science Department at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.