Ed Cackett (ew1397)

University information

Title: Department Chair
Unit: Physics & Astronomy
Department: College of Liberal Arts & Science

Contact information

337 Physics Research Bldg.
666 W Hancock St
Detroit, 48201

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department: Physics & Astronomy
Title: Professor
Secondary Title: Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy

 Rm 135, Physics

  • 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.


Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications: 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)

Ed Cackett


Title: Associate Professor of Astronomy, Chair of Planetarium Advisory Board
Phone: 313-577-9355
Primary E-mail: ecackett@wayne.edu
Ed Cackett

Courses taught by Ed Cackett

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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