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Triana Almeyda

My main research interests are active galactic nuclei (AGN) and galaxy formation and evolution. I am currently working on creating a computer simulation of the response of the emission spectrum from the dusty torus surrounding AGN with respect to the driving variations in the AGN optical/UV luminosity.

COL-1066
Email: tra3595
Advisor:
     Andrew Robinson
John Bero
ENG-3199
Email: jjb1465
Advisor:
     Michael Richmond
Dennis Bowen
My research interests include the numerical simulation of astrophysically relevant systems in the strong-field regime of gravity. I am currently working on the development of new physics in a GRMHD code to study binary black hole (BBH) accretion disks during the general relativistic inspiral and merger phases. My primary goals are to understand the effects of the BBH parameter space on gas dynamics and the prediction of signatures unique to BBH mergers.
LAC- 2060
Email: dbb2737
Advisor:
     Manuela Campanelli

Jesse Bublitz

My research interests are in stellar structure and the end-stage of low-mass stars. I am currently studying molecular line emissions around nearby planetary nebulae using radio data, where I hope to explore the effects of x-ray induced and non-LTE chemistry on the molecular clouds surrounding PNe. I am also fascinated by planetary formation.

ENG-3199
Email: jtb1435
Advisor:
     Joel Kastner

  Victoria Butler
CAR 1220/1226
Email: vlb9398
 

Kevin Cooke

I study the formation history and evolution of the Brightest Cluster Galaxies (BCGs) and Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs). Specifically, I use the COSMOS survey data to match stellar mass and star formation models to the available UV, optical, and infrared observations. I also have an interest in science outreach and science policy.

COL-1066
Email: kcc7952
Website
Advisor:
     Jeyhan Kartaltepe
 

Dorothy "Annie" Dickson-Vandervelde

I have a broad range of observational research including exoplanet discovery and planetary formation.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: dad1197
  Ashley Frank
CAR 1220/1226
Email: alf7723
  Gabriel Guidarelli
CAR 1220/1226
Email: gcg3642
  Tanmayee Gupte
CAR 1220/1226
Email: tmg9722

Brennan Ireland

Brennan is working on the approximate metric to be used for the full numerical runs of Magnetohydrodynamics and accretion disk dynamics. He is interested in the vacuum solutions to the Einstein field equations, and is currently implementing spins into the hybrid metric, to be able to use generic spinning back holes in future simulations.

SLA-1025
Email: bmi5921
Advisors:
     Carlos Lousto
     Manuela Campanelli

  Yashashree Jadhav

observational multiwavelength astronomy

COL-1066
Email: ysj1195
Advisor:
     Andrew Robinson
 
Jacob Lange
 
My research is on gravitational wave parameter estimation for binary black holes by comparing numerical solutions of Einstein's equation (i.e. Numerical Relativity simulations) directly to the data. By doing this, we avoid ad hoc approximations used in analytic and semi-analytic models and get the most information possible out of the signal as possible. Our method work for unequal mass and generic spin including higher modes.
SLA-1025
Email: jal7686
Advisor:
     Richard O'Shaughnessy
 
Andrew Lipnicky
 
Using test particle and SPH codes, I study dwarf galaxy evolution around the Milky Way. I’m interested in trying to recreate observed tidal streams and dwarf galaxy positions by using the most recent HST proper motion data. I’m also interested in HI 21-cm radio observations to look for dwarf galaxies and unpopulated dark matter halos around other spiral galaxies.
COL-1066
Email: awl6964
Advisor:
      Sukanya Chakrabarti
 

Muyun Liu

stellar evolution and multi wavelength methods in astrophysics

CAR 1220/1226
Email: ml8283

Chi Nguyen

My work focuses on understanding the extragalactic background light (EBL). The infrared EBL probes the history and origin of stellar emission, which allow us to constrain models of star and galaxy formation. I am working on the fabrication and integration of the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment 2 (CIBER-2), a sounding rocket carrying a small telescope that will measure the fluctuations in the EBL in the near infrared regime.

ENG-3170
Email: chn2906
Advisor:
      Michael Zemcov

Kristina Punzi

My research focuses on trying to understand the process of star and planet formation to better understand the origins of our own solar system, as well as planetary systems orbiting other stars. Specifically, I am studying the X-ray radiation from low-mass stars and its effect on its surrounding environment, namely the evolution of circumstellar disks and timescales for planet formation.

ENG-3195
Email: kmp4302
Advisor:
     Joel Kastner

Alexander Rasskazov

stellar dynamics, supermassive black holes (single and binary), N-body simulations

CAR 1240
Email: axr6631
Advisor:
     David Merritt

Jam Sadiq

I am working on numerical relativity, post-Newtonian theory and black hole perturbation theory in the context of binary compact objects (black holes, neutron stars) dynamics. I am interested in the interface of analytic methods with numerical relativity. I am currently involve in developing a new technique for the comparison of numerical and analytical space-times using geometrical scalars.  I am also interested in the history of my research area , the story of gravity, from Aristotle to Einstein and beyond.

SLA-1025
Email: jxs1805
Advisor:
     Yosef Zlochower

David Saroff

I am designing and implementing FPGA based high speed digital radio processors for the Green Bank Radio telescope. I propose to search for "Lorimer events", highly dispersed signals from outside the Galaxy, in real time.

Email: dps7802
Advisor:
     Christopher O'Dea
     Stefi Baum
Trent Seelig
ENG-3199
Email: tcs3475
Advisor:
     Andrew Robinson
  Katherine Seery

I am working on testing and characterizing Si-MOSFET CMOS devices for terahertz (millimeter/submillimeter wave) radiation detection. These detectors have the potential to be a cheaper and faster alternative to current terahertz detector technologies for a variety of applications including looking at protoplanetary disks, star formation rates, et cetera. 

CAR A270
Email: kes4610
Advisor:
     Zoran Ninkov
  Ekta Shah

AGN, Active Galactic Dynamics, Cosmology

CAR 1240
Email: eas7266
Advisor:
     Jeyhan Kartaltepe
  Zachary Silberman

I am interested in computational astrophysics and astrophysical dynamics problems, particularly in general relativity. I am currently working on a numerical code that deals with different formalisms for evolving magnetic fields in relativistic systems, for use in constrained transport evolutions. This code also helps to facilitate the interface between fixed background metric and evolving background metric numerical relativity codes.

SLA 1025
Email: zjs2405
Advisor:
     Joshua Faber
 

Meaghann Stoelting

I’m interested in studying stellar astronomy, specifically the late stages of stellar evolution and death.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: mls6495
  Brittany Vanderhoof
CAR 1220/1226
Email: bxv3026
  Dmitry Vorobiev

My research focuses primarily on the design, fabrication and characterization of astronomical (and remote sensing) instrumentation; specifically, I am developing a compact imaging polarimeter for the visible and infrared regimes. I am also interested in precision photometry and error propagation, especially in automated reduction pipelines.

CAR A270
Website
Email: dxv2686
Advisor:
     Zoran Ninkov
  Jared Wofford
CAR 1220/1226
Email: jw4749

Daniel Wysocki

I am using observations of gravitational waves from coalescing binaries to characterize how frequently different binaries form over cosmic time. This will in turn be used to test stellar evolution models, and constrain the overall stellar population. Other research interests include astrostatistics, time series, transient searches, and time domain astronomy in general.

COL-1066
Email: dw2081
Advisor:
     Richard O'Shaugnessy

Yuanhao "Harry" Zhang

My research interest is gravitational wave(GW) astronomy and data analysis. I have been working on the Cross-correlation method to analyze data from advanced GW detectors searching for periodic GWs from low mass X-ray binaries

LAC-2078
Email: yxz5461
Advisor:
     John Whelan