I'm a graduate student in astronomy at UC Santa Cruz working with Professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. I'm broadly interested in high energy astrophysics and astrophysical fluid dynamics. I work on tidal excitations on stars.
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Accretion onto supermassive black holes
Accretion disks around slowly accreting black holes are optically thin, thus producing radiation by synchrotron emission and bremsstrahlung. Some of this radiation is then upscattered by Compton scattering.
We implemented bremsstrahlung in the general relativistic radiative transfer code grmonty. We then used the code to study the high energy emission from the accretion disk as a function of accretion rate, as well as for models of M87 and Sgr A*.
When I'm not doing physics, I enjoy playing soccer, throwing a frisbee around, and running.
My biggest hobbie is listening to and talking about music, mostly nineteenth-century classical. I recently became interested in American music, particularly Barber's.