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"
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"