MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Rahul Kannan

Postdoctoral Associate Postdoctoral Scholar

I obtained my Integrated Master of Science (Physics) degree in 2010 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. I then went on to do my Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Maccio and Dr. Greg Stinson. After finishing my Ph.D., I joined MIT in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Mark Vogelsberger.

Research interests: 

My research focuses on the theoretical and numerical modeling of galaxy formation in a cosmological context. Previously I have worked on investigating the role of various stellar feedback processes in regulating properties of galaxies, quantifying the effectiveness of mergers in transforming galaxy morphologies, determining dark matter properties by modeling the signatures of DM-galaxy interactions and testing the strong field predictions general relativity. I am currently interested in modeling the effect of local radiation sources, such as stars and hot gas, on the gas cooling rates in galaxies.

Representative publications: 

Galaxy formation with local photoionization feedback - I. Methods
R. Kannan, G.S. Stinson, A.V. Macciò, J.F.Hennawi, R. Woods, J.Wadsley, S. Shen, T. Robitaille, S. Cantalupo, T. Quinn, C. Christensen, 2014, MNRAS 437, 2882

The MaGICC volume: reproducing statistical properties of high redshift galaxies
Rahul Kannan, Greg S. Stinson, Andrea V. Macciò, Chris Brook, Simone M. Weinmann , James Wadsley , Hugh M. P. Couchman, 2014, MNRAS 437, 3529

Interaction between dark matter sub-halos and galactic gaseous disk
Rahul Kannan, Andrea V. Macciò, Benjamin P. Moster, Anna Pasquali, Fabian Walter, 2012, ApJ, 746, 10

Frame dragging & the kinematics of galactic center stars
Rahul Kannan & Prasenjit Saha 2009, ApJ, 690, 1553

Contact Information

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MS, Physics, 2010, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India PhD, 2014, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany