The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
I am a native of Boulder, Colorado and got my undergraduate in physics from MIT in 2008. As an undergraduate I competed on the varsity gymnastics team at MIT and now coach the team, which has since become a club, along with my husband who is also an MIT varsity gymnastics alum. My other interests include playing violin, crocheting and other crafts and baking.
I work on both science and instrumentation. I am a member of the Figueroa group currently developing and building the Micro-X rocket payload that will observe a supernova remnant with unprecedented energy resolution in the soft X-ray band. Micro-X is a novel system that will drive the technology for X-ray spectroscopy of extended sources forward, looking toward detector systems for the next generation of large X-ray observatories. My science interests lie in observations of supernova remnants, especially using spectral information to try to understand explosion dynamics and products. Currently we use data from existing X-ray observatories like Chandra and Suzaku to study these sources and once Micro-X flies we will have and exciting and novel dataset with which to study these sources.
"A Decade-Baseline Study of the Plasma States of the Ejecta Knots in Cassiopeia A", Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, John Rutherford, Sarah Trowbridge, Daniel Dewey, Fabienne A. Bastien, Kosuke Sato and C.R. Canizares, in prep. "Tracking the Orbital and Superorbital Periods of SMC X-1", Sarah Trowbridge, Michael A. Nowak, and Joern Wilms, ApJ 670 No 1 (2007 November 20) 624-634.