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.
With previous research experience in computational astrophysics (UT Austin) and experimental plasma physics (Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT, Helimak device at UT Austin), my research at the MIT Kavli Institute is suitably situated at the intersection of theoretical and observational astrophysics.
Currently, my research is focused on analyzing the spectra of high-z quasars to characterize the redshift evolution of metal abundances traced by ionic absorption lines. This effort is mutually guided and informed by high-performance computer simulations in order to investigate the properties of galaxies and mechanisms responsible for ejecting the metals and to place constraints on the epoch of re-ionization.