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About Thushara A. Perera

Thushara’s research area is observational and experimental cosmology, a subject that lies at the intersection of physics and astronomy. As a graduate student at Case Western, Thushara worked on detecting dark matter - a hypothesized form of matter that would make up most of the inferred mass of our universe and galaxy. As a postdoctoral researcher, first at the University of Chicago and then at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Thushara developed and used superconducting and semiconducting technologies for mm-wavelength observations of the oldest structures in the universe, such as massive early galaxies and the primordial glow from the big bang, known as the cosmic microwave background.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University

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Honors and Awards

  • KICP Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002
  • Presidential Scholarship, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1990

Contact Information

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Department of Physics
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, Il. 61702


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