MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Thomas J. Cooper

Graduate Student, Physics Graduate Student

I work with Professor Rob Simcoe, studying the high-redshift intergalactic medium through absorption features in the spectra of background quasars. By studying the gas between galaxies we learn about the chemical enrichment history of the Universe, as well as galaxy formation and feedback processes. My current/recent projects include investigating low metallicity Lyman limit systems (as possible evidence of cold flow accretion onto early galaxies) and connecting absorption systems with their host galaxies, which provides information on the physical nature of the absorbing gas.
 

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B.A., Physics, Cornell University, 2012