Research Interests

My current research focuses on observational analysis of supernovae and other explosive transients detected by ASAS-SN with a special emphasis on those observed by NASA’s TESS mission. This includes analyzing observations obtained using ASAS-SN’s quadruple 14cm telescopes as well as more standard research grade telescopes like the twin 8.2m Large Binocular Telescope at the Mount Graham International Observatory and the 2.4m Hiltner telescope at the MDM Observatory. In addition to my work with TESS and ASAS-SN, I remain broadly interested in research concerning the progenitor(s) of Type Ia supernovae.

I also have experience with numerical astrophysical modeling. During my undergraduate career at the University of Oklahoma I spent several years working with the Supernova Numerical Radiative Transfer Group, where I used the generalized stellar atmospheres code PHOENIX and its (far) simpler cousin SYNOW to calculate model spectra for several flavors of explosive astrophysical transients. I have calculated model spectra for a number of interesting transients, ranging from the nearby Type Ia supernovae SN 2014J to the kilonova emission predicted to accompany the merger of a neutron star with either a black hole or another neutron star.

Beyond astronomy I’ve dabbled in experimental condensed matter physics. At the University of Oklahoma I spent over a year working with the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices Group. My primary contribution was the assembly of a tabletop spectroscopy setup that is still being used to perform electroluminescence and photoluminescence measurements, but I also developed some simple theoretical models to help characterize the internal properties of quantum dot intermediate band solar cells, a primary focus for the research group.