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 postdoctoral researcher working in the Chandra X-ray group since October 2016, focusing mainly on X-ray spectroscopy of neutron star binaries - stellar systems consisting of a neutron star accreting matter from a companion star, producing X-rays. X-rays from these systems carry a wealth of information, allowing us to probe the structure of matter near the X-ray source and along our line of sight. I received my PhD from the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Rothschild, where my dissertation was concerned mainly with studies of cyclotron lines in X-ray binaries. These features provide the only direct measurement of the magnetic field strength in neutron stars, and act as probes of the conditions and physics close to the neutron star surface.