Recent Semester Projects

Recent Semester Projects

The Decaying Orbit of WASP-12b Samuel Yee (2023) with Joshua Winn

Wavelength Dependent PSFs and their Impact on Weak Lensing
Scott Carlsten (2022), with Michael Strauss

Using Surface Brightness Fluctuations to Measure the Distance to Dwarfs in the Local Volume
Scott Carlsten (2022) with Jenny Greene

Characterizing stellar spectra from the Planet Finder Spectrograph for current and future RV follow-up and exoplanet detection
Erin Flowers (2022) with Johanna Teske, Carnegie Observatories

HSC-XD: A new X-ray search for AGN in dwarf galaxies out to z~1
Goni Halevi (2022) with Jenny Greene and Andy Goulding

Global models of burning front propagation in Type I X-ray bursts
Goni Halevi (2022) with Anatoly Spitkovsky

Tidal Features at 0.05 < z < 0.45 in the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program: Properties and Formation Channels
Erin Kado Fong (2022) with Jenny Greene

Characterizing the Cobra fiber positioning and calibration lamp system for the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph
Erin Kado Fong (2022) with Jim Gunn & Robert Lupton

Diffuse Ionized Gas in Simulations of Multiphase, Star-Forming Galactic Disks
Erin Kado Fong (2022) with Eve Ostriker

Dynamical friction in a Fuzzy Dark Matter universe
Lachlan Lancaster (2022) with David Spergel

Structure formation in turbulence as instability of effective quantum plasma
Vassilis Tsiolis (2022) with Ilya Y. Dodin

Electron heating in collisionless non-relativistic shocks
Vassilis Tsiolis (2022) with Anatoly Spitkovsky

Linear theory of tidally excited spiral density waves Wenrui Xu (2022) with Jeremy Goodman

Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton accretion in supergiant X-ray binaries, Wenrui Xu (2022) with James Stone

A search for circumbinary planets around short period Kepler binaries  
Luke Bouma (2021), with Joshua Winn 

Biases in Planet Occurrence Caused by Unresolved Binaries in Transit Surveys
Luke Bouma (2021), with Joshua Winn

Empirical Tidal Dissipation in Exoplanet Hosts From Tidal Spin-up
Luke Bouma, (2021) with Joshua Winn

Effects of synchrotron cooling and pair production on collisionless relativistic reconnection
Hayk Hakobyan (2021), with Anatoly Spitkovsky and Sasha Philippov

Massive Neutrinos Leave Fingerprints on Cosmic Voids
Christina Kreisch (2021)  with David Spergel 

Electron Energy Distributions in H II Regions and Planetary Nebulae: κ-distributions Do Not Apply
Christina Kreisch (2021) with Bruce Draine 

Constraining the Initial Mass Function  (ongoing) Christina Kreisch (2021) with Jenny Greene, Meng Gu, and Drew Newman

Hydrodynamic Torques in Circumbinary Accretion Disks Mackenzie Moody (2021) with Jim Stone and Ji-Ming Shi

Galactic Disk Winds Driven by Cosmic Ray Pressure
Alwin Mao (2020) with Eve Ostriker


Internal shocks in microquasar jets with continuous Lorentz factor modulation
Patryk Pjanka (2020) with James Stone

Circumnuclear Structures in Megamaser Host Galaxies
Patryk Pjanka (2020) with Jenny Greene

Linear Vlasov theory of a magnetized thermally stratified atmosphere
Rui Xu (2020) with Matthew Kunz

Detecting the Supernova Breakout Burst in Terrestrial Neutrino Detectors
Joshua Wallace (2019), with Adam Burrows
published as: Wallace, J., Burrows, A., & Dolence, J. C., 2016, ApJ, 817, 182

The Impact of Collisional Fragmentation on Planet Formation in Compact Systems
Joshua Wallace (2019) with Scott Tremaine

X-ray Detected Active Galactic Nuclei in Dwarf Galaxies at 0<z<1
Kris Pardo (2019) with Jenny Greene
published as: Pardo, K., Goulding, A. D., Greene, J. E., et al., 2016, arXiv:1603.01622

Exploring FeH absorption features in high-metallicity, red-clump stars
Melinda Soares-Furtado (2019), with Jenny Greene and Jim Gunn

Incorporating a more realistic treatment of sodium and potassium into a synthetic spectral code for cool stars
Melinda Soares-Furtado (2019), with Adam Burrows

Seeding morphological asymmetries in remnants of core-collapse supernovae
Cole Holcomb (2018), with Adam Burrows

Acceleration of cosmic rays in turbulent astrophysical shocks
Cole Holcomb (2018), with Anatoly Spitkovsky

Cosmic-ray streaming instabilities in MHD
Cole Holcomb (2018), with Jim Stone

A Search for Binary Black Holes in SDSS QSOs (II)
Lile Wang (2018), with Wendy Ju (2016) and Jenny Greene

The Stacked Thermal SZ Signal of Locally Brightest Galaxies in Planck Full Mission Data: Evidence for Galaxy Feedback?
Johnny Greco (2018), with David Spergel
published as: Greco, J. P., Hill, J. C., Spergel, D. N., & Battaglia, N., 2015, ApJ, 808, 151

The Direct Detectability of Giant Exoplanets in the Optical
Johnny Greco (2018), with Adam Burrows
published as: Greco, J. P., & Burrows, A., 2015, ApJ, 808, 172

The measurement, treatment, and impact of spectral covariance and Bayesian priors in integral-field spectroscopy of exoplanets
Johnny Greco (2018), with Tim Brandt (via IAS)

The Outer Parts of Massive Elliptical Galaxies
Semyeong Oh (2018), with Jenny Greene

Searching for Inflated Hot Jupiters with HATNet
Johnny Greco (2018), with Gaspar Bakos

Can helium envelopes change the outcome of direct white dwarf collisions?
Cole Holcomb (2018), with Doron Kushnir (via IAS)
published as: Holcomb, C., & Kushnir, D., 2015, arXiv:1510.07649

Spreading layers of accreting objects 
Alexander (Sasha) Philippov (2017), with Roman Rafikov and James Stone
published as: Philippov, A. A., Rafikov, R. R., & Stone, J. M., 2016, ApJ, 817, 62

Time evolution of pulsar obliquity angle
Alexander (Sasha) Philippov (2017), with Alexander Tchekhovskoy (via PCTS)
published as: Philippov, A. A., Tchekhovskoy, A., & Li, J. G., 2014, MNRAS, 441, 1879

Particle acceleration in collisions of strong Alfven waves
Alexander (Sasha) Philippov (2017), with Anatoly Spitkovsky

Particle-in-cell simulations of axisymmetric pulsars
Alexander (Sasha) Philippov (2017), with Anatoly Spitkovsky
published as: Philippov, A. A., & Spitkovsky, A., 2014, ApJ, 785, L33

Optically thick winds from massive stars
Alexander (Sasha) Philippov (2017), with Jeremy Goodman

Joint likelihood function of cluster counts and n-point correlation functions: Improving their power through including halo sample variance 
Emmanuel Schaan (2017), with David Spergel 
published as: Schaan, E., Takada, M., & Spergel, D. N., 2014, PRD, 90, 123523

On the reach of perturbative descriptions for dark matter displacement fields; 
On the reach of perturbative methods for dark matter density fields

Emmanuel Schaan (2017), with Matias Zaldarriaga (via IAS)
published as: Baldauf, T., Schaan, E., & Zaldarriaga, M., 2016, arXiv:1505.07098;arXiv: 1505.02255

Hunting for nebulosity in the HatNet database
Munan Gong (2017), with Gaspar Bakos

Prestellar Core Formation, Evolution, and Accretion from Gravitational Fragmentation in Turbulent Converging Flows
Munan Gong (2017), with Eve Ostriker
published as: Gong, M., & Ostriker, E. C., 2015, ApJ, 806, 31

A Search for Binary Black Holes in SDSS QSOs
Wendy Ju (2016), with Jenny Greene
published as: Ju, W., Greene, J. E., et al., 2013, ApJ, 777, 44

Investigating the effects of the equation of state on self-gravitating accretion disks
Chris White (2016), with Roman Rafikov

Stability of metal-rich very massive stars
Chris White (2016), with Jeremy Goodman
published as: Goodman, J., & White, C. J., 2016, MNRAS, 456, 525

Slow-speed Supernovae from the Palomar Transient Factory: Two Channels
Chris White (2016), with Mansi Kasliwal (via Carnegie)
published as: White, C. J., Kasliwal, M. M., & Nugent, P. E., et al., 2015, ApJ, 799, 52

The M_BH - V_c Relation
Ai-Lei Sun (2016), with Jenny Greene
published as: Sun, A.-L., Greene, J. E., et al., 2013, ApJ, 778, 47

Stellar Halos of Massive Elliptical Galaxies
Sudhir Raskutti (2016), with Jenny Greene
published as: Raskutti, S., Greene, J. E., & Murphy, J. D., 2014, ApJ, 786, 23