I am a John N. Bahcall Fellow and Long-Term (5-year) Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Before arriving at the IAS, I was a Hubble and Lyman Spitzer Jr. post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. I completed my PhD in Physics at UC, Santa Barbara and a bachelors in Applied Physics at Columbia University.
As a theoretical astrophysicist, I use the laws of physics, along with the tools of mathematics, in order to understand astronomical phenomena. I attempt to make sense of a vast variety of spectacular behavior that takes place in some of the most amazing physical systems the Universe has to offer. When possible, I make predictions as to what we will observe in the future.
Many topics interest me. For example, I have worked on the basic dynamics of radiating magnetized fluids, stability and radiation mechanisms of accretion flows onto black holes and neutron stars, the physics of core-collapse supernovae and gamma-ray burst central engines, the global effects of cosmic ray production on the formation of galaxies and supermassive black holes and most recently, on the tidal evolution of extra-solar planets.
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