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Rachel Bean

Professor, Arts & Sciences Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Space Sciences Building, Room 612


Professor Bean's work focuses on cosmological theories and how they can constrained using observations such as the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and large scale structure data (galaxies and clusters of galaxies). Her current research includes work to establish the nature of dark energy, the mysterious quantity responsible for the accelerated expansion of the universe, and dark matter, and how can observations can be used to distinguish between competing theories.

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  • Astronomy

Graduate Fields

  • Astronomy and Space Sciences


  • Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science



Theoretical cosmology and its ties to astrophysical observations.



* indicates paper first-authored by a graduate student in Professor Bean’s research group
J. Rhodes et al.,“Scientific Synergy Between LSST and Euclid” , ApJS doi:10.3847/1538-4365/aa96b0, arXiv:1710.08489.
*V. Calafut, R. Bean and B. Yu, “Cluster mislocation in kinematic Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (kSZ) effect extraction”, Phys. Rev. D 96, 123529 (2017), arXiv:1710.01755.
*G. Valogiannis and R. Bean, “Beyond delta: Tailoring marked statistics to reveal modified gravity” , Phys. Rev. D in press, arXiv:1708.05652.
*G. Valogiannis and R. Bean,“Efficient simulations of large scale structure in modified gravity cosmologies with COLA, Phys. Rev. D 95, 103515 (2017), arXiv:1612.06469.
*J. Byun, N. Agarwal, R. Bean, R. Holman, “Looking for non-Gaussianity in all the right places: A new basis for non-separable bispectra”, Phys. Rev. D 91, 123518 (2015), arXiv:1504.01394.
*E. Mueller, F. De Bernardis, R. Bean and M. Niemack,“ Constraints on massive neutrinos from the pairwise kinematic Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect”, Phys. Rev. D 92, 063501 (2015), arXiv:1412.0592.
*J. Byun and R. Bean,“Non-Gaussian Shape Discrimination with Spectroscopic Galaxy Surveys”, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 03 (2015), DOI:10.1088/1475-7516/2015/03/019, arXiv: 1409.5440
*E. Mueller, F. De Bernardis, R. Bean and M. Niemack,“Constraints on gravity and dark energy from the pairwise kinematic Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect ”, ApJ, Volume 808, Number 1 , arXiv:1408.6248.