Ed Cackett

Assistant Professor Physics
Phone: (313) 577-9355


Degrees and Certifications

M.Sci., Physics, University of Durham, U.K.

Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of St. Andrews, U.K.

Research Interests

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)
Relativistically broadened iron lines, especially in neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries
Accretion at low rates and quiescent emission from neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries
Reverberation mapping of AGN

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


Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, 2012-

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


Up-to-date lists of my publications can be found using the following links:



Awards & Honors

NSF CAREER award (2014): see announcement here

Wayne State Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award (2015)

In the News

Probe suggests Pluto is as ‘complex’ as Mars and Earth