I’m delighted to be back doing numerical relativity research at Caltech after taking a year leave to deploy to the South Pole with the South Pole Telescope collaboration. I will continue to be involved with the South Pole Telescope data analysis in parallel with my work at Caltech to simulate formation pathways for supermassive black […]Read more "Supermassive Excitement"
Since IBM released access to its 5-qubit quantum computer, with accompanying tutorial and ability to simulate and program it easily (via a graphical language that spits out a simple code for archival along with results), I’ve been kind of obsessed. As I worked my way through the tutorials in IBM’s simulator, for my own benefit […]Read more "5-qubit quantum computing simulator"
As you might have heard on my website, my newsletter, my Twitter, or, if we’re colleagues at Caltech, at work, I am currently working on the South Pole Telescope (SPT) onsite at the South Pole in Antarctica for January-November 2016 (I am employed by the University of Chicago). I have taken a sabbatical from my NSF Astronomy […]Read more "When Antarctica Just Isn’t Cold Enough: South Pole Telescope (SPT) Fridge Cycle"
I’m going attempt to give an accessible introduction to general relativity for non-mathematicians without glossing over the mathematical objects one must to get a feel for to be able to follow research in the area. Let me know how successful I am!Read more "Paper, astrolabe, ruler, compass: a short introduction to the math behind general relativity"
Visit to the Durham University Institute for Computational Cosmology I spent last week hosted by the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University, staying in “Castle” one of the historic colleges of the university, an actual, honest to goodness Castle and a World Heritage Site. Durham University has a lot to offer, a huge cosmology and astronomy department, […]Read more "Durham University Institute for Computational Cosmology visit"
(featured image credit: SpaceX Instagram) I’ll be on the Space Coast for the rest of the week covering the CRS7 Launch, set to go off this coming Sunday June 28, 10:21EDT*. Follow me on twitter for more regular updates. I can also always recommend watching the streaming feeds of the launch, which are available via SpaceX‘s […]Read more "Of Course I Still Love You!"
featured image credit: M. Kornmesser/European Southern Observatory Sobral et al. in recent work slated for publication in The Astrophysical Journal, claim observation of a galaxy, CR7, likely hosting a large contingent of Population III stars. The New York Times also has good summary; you know it’s important when actual stars get the movie star treatment. While I’m not in a position to […]Read more "Population III stars were fusing hydrogen before it was the hot thing to do"
There is both room for and a need for many different types of physicists and scientists to kick progress up a notch. Some of the most mind-stretching and inspiring are those who are philosophical about their work, as well as those who are interdisciplinary in their understanding. Scott Aaronson fits in both camps and shares […]Read more "book review: Quantum Computing Since Democritus"
June 1, 2015 I was thrilled to start my 3 year tenure as an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow (NSF AAPF) at Caltech. I am therefore declaring June 1 as my official academic New Year. I’m treating this fellowship period as my shot to make a scientific difference, and here’s to the next 3 years. I have an structured routine scheduled, […]Read more "Happy Academic New Year, 2015"
I’ve been using Macs all my computing life, and relied heavily on headless Linux boxes for most of my computing career (I must also admit to two stints as a Windows user, during internships at FAST Search&Transfer and SpaceX respectively). Besides a small Linux laptop, which I got as a failed experiment, I’ve never before […]Read more "Switching from OS X to Linux full time, software hints"