About

I’m an undergraduate student at the JHU Department of Physics & Astronomy. My research includes work in astrophysics, theoretical physics, and nuclear physics. I’m currently seeking a position as a graduate student to continue my education and research work.

My astrophysics research includes a project studying the ionized gas surrounding active galactic nuclei. This resulted in a paper with my mentor, Nadia Zakamska, in which we gave a theoretical basis for the empirical relationship between the sizes of quasar narrow-line regions and the luminosities of the sources. Using our model, we were also able to better understand quasar population statistics, such as the typical mass contained in the narrow-line regions and the typical covering factor of the obscuring torus. I am currently working with Nadia Zakamska on an outflow in the Orion Molecular Cloud, and am leading a publication in which we propose that the so-called Orion bullets are actually formed in situ by a hydrodynamic instability in a stellar wind.

OMC-1 Outflow

Part of the outflow in the Orion Nebula. Image Credit: GeMS/GSAOI Team, Gemini Observatory

In theoretical physics, I am working on classical aspects of gauge/gravity duality. On a quantum level, the KLT relations from open/closed string duality, and the BCJ relations which follow from them, give a precise relationship between scattering amplitudes for gravitons and gluons. This relationship between gravity and gauge theories leads to a correspondence, the “double copy,” between solutions to Einstein gravity and solutions to the Maxwell equations. I am working with Ibou Bah and Peter Weck on achieving a better understanding of the double copy relation for various black hole spacetimes.

In nuclear physics, I am working on a scattering process called Semi-inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering, or SIDIS. By studying SIDIS cross sections, experimentalists at Jefferson Lab hope to be able to constrain the three-dimensional structure of hadrons. I worked in the Jefferson Lab Theory Center building a Monte Carlo analysis pipeline to explore SIDIS at a range of energies, and quantify the extent to which this structure information can actually be extracted. Along with Jefferson Lab physicists, I am continuing to build upon these results and put together a comprehensive picture of the kinematics of SIDIS.