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.
As an undergraduate at MIT, I worked on data from the SAS-3 X-ray satellite and was an operator. After my Ph.D. work (on quasar evolution), I was a Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute for two years. I then worked on the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Project for 8 years, in charge of the scientific data analysis system. Since 1993, I have been the instrument calibration scientist for the Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer, also involved in cross-calibration with other X-ray satellites.
I am currently working on high resolution X-ray and optical images of quasar jets, high resolution X-ray spectroscopy of active galactic nuclei and neutron star atmospheres, and X-ray spectroscopy of the X-ray binary SS 433. I am also developing a laboratory for testing techniques and prototype instrumentation that can be used to measure linear X-ray polarization in the soft X-ray band.