The Theoretical Astrophysics Center

Members of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center

Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty

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Research Staff

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Visiting Researchers

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Postdoctoral Researchers

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  • Rebekah (Bekki) Dawson
    313 Campbell Hall
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    Miller Fellow
    Working on extra-solar planets, the Kuiper Belt, debris disks, dynamics of planetary and satellite systems, signal processing, and astrostatistics.
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  • Mike Belyaev
    249 Campbell Hall
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    TAC Fellow
    Working on physics of angular momentum transport in disks and boundary layers and the physics of pulsar magnetospheres.
  • Ruobing (Robin) Dong
    401C Campbell Hall
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    Hubble Fellow at LBNL
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  • Paul Duffell
    249 Campbell Hall
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    TAC Postdoctoral Fellow
    Working on astrophysical gas dynamics, including explosive phenomena such as supernovae and gamma ray bursts.
  • Robert Feldmann
    411 Campbell Hall
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    Hubble Fellow
    Working on galaxy formation and how many of their properties evolve over cosmic history.
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  • Research Associate
    Working with Dan Kasen, Wick Haxton, and Eliot Quataert on supernovae, neutron star mergers, and other transient systems.
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  • Francois Foucart
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    Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Kazumi Kashiyama
    402G Campbell Hall
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    NASA Einstein Fellow
    Working on physics of compact objects (black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs), gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, cosmic-ray acceleration, etc.
  • Jing Luan
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  • Einstein Fellow
    Stellar dynamics around black holes
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  • Davide Martizzi
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    Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow
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  • Philipp Moesta
    465 Campbell Hall
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    Einstein Fellow
    Working on the engines of extreme core-collapse supernovae (type Ic-bl, superluminous, GRB-SN) and the electromagnetic signals from compact object mergers (NS-NS, NS-BH, BH-BH).
  • Kyle Parfrey
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  • Athena Stacy
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    Working with Chris McKee and Richard Klein
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  • Marcel van Daalen
    402A Campbell Hall
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    TAC Postdoctoral Fellow
    Working on large-scale structure, galaxy formation, clustering, and simulations.
  • Sasha Tchekhovskoy
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    Einstein Fellow at LBNL
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  • Freeke van de Voort
    257 Campbell Hall
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    TAC-ASIAA Postdoctoral Fellow
    Working on galaxy formation and evolution, intergalactic medium, and numerical simulations.
    Publications

Graduate Students

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  • Jennifer Barnes
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    Working with Dan Kasen; neutron star mergers.
  • Working with Dan Kasen on the Nebular Phase of SNe.
  • Drummond Fielding
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    Working with professor Eliot Quataert on the underlying physical processes governing the growth of galaxies.
  • Nick Hand
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    Working with Uros Seljak; CMB, kinetic SZ.
  • Pedram Hassanzadeh
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    Working with Phil Marcus; Vortices in PPDs and Jovian atmosphere.
  • Chung-Hsiang Jiang
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    Working with Phil Marcus on Internal waves in stratified flows (such as PPDs).
  • Hannah Klion
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    Working with Eliot Quataert
  • Daniel Lecoanet
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    Working with Eliot Quataert; MHD and hydrodynamics.
  • Aaron Lee
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    Working with Chris McKee and Richard Klein; Magnetic Bondi-Hoyle accretion, formation of the first stars.
  • Eve Lee
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    Working with Eugene Chiang on planet formation.
  • Sean Ressler
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    Working with Eliot Quataert on Black Hole Accretion via GRMHD simulations. Particularly electron fluids.
  • Working with Daniel Kasen; AGN feedback.
  • Working with Eliot Quataert; Transients.

Support Staff

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Former TAC Fellows

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Name Years Curent Location Current Position
Arieh Konigl 1980-1983 University of Chicago Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Abraham Achterberg 1983-1984 University of Utrecht Professor of Astrophysics
Lars Hernquist 1984-1987 Harvard University Professor of Astronomy
Roger Romani 1987-1990 Stanford University Professor of Physics
Christopher Kochanek 1990-1993 Ohio State University Professor of Astronomy and Ohio Eminent Scholar
Zhi-Yun Li 1993-1996 University of Virginia Professor of Astronomy
Nick Gnedin 1996-1998 Fermilab and University of Chicago Scientist and Associate Professor of Astronomy
Yuri Levin 1999-2002 Monash University Lecturer
Yoram Lithwick 2002-2005 Northwestern Asst. Professor
Tzu-Ching Chang 2003-2006 ASIAA Research Scientist
Jun Zhang 2006-2009 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Associate Professor
Tony Piro 2007-2010 Caltech Postdoctoral researcher
Phil Chang 2008-2009 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Asst. Professor
Nevin Weinberg 2006-2011 MIT Assistant Professor
Mario Riquelme 2010-2012 Univ. de Chile Assistant Professor
Margaret Pan 2009-2012 NASA Goddard Postdoctoral Researcher

Prior to the official formation of the TAC, Berkeley hosted a number of prize theoretical astrophysics postdocs, including: Mitch Begelman, Richard (Dick) Bond, George Efstathiou, Carlos Frenk, David Hollenbach, George Lake, Chris Marinoni, Ralph Pudritz, and Simon White.

We have also hosted a number of theoretical astrophysics postdocs via the Miller Institute (Ed Bertschinger, Phil Chang, Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere, Eric Ford, Phil Hopkins, Guinevere Kauffmann, Eyal Maoz, Andrew Melatos, Colin Norman, Ted Scharleman, David Weinberg), the Hubble Fellowship (Todd Thompson, Qingjuan Yu, Niccolo Bucciantini, Joe Hennawi, Nikhil Padmanabhan, Dusan Keres, Beth Reid, Matt McQuinn, Robert Feldmann), and the Einstein Fellowship (Anatoly Spitkovsky, Taotao Fang, Ian Parrish, Prateek Sharma, Matt McQuinn, Matt Kistler, Ryan O'Leary, Phil Hopkins, Ken Shen, Ann-Marie Madigan).

If you are interested in having Berkeley as your host institution for the Einstein, Hubble, Sagan, or NSF fellowships, please contact one of the TAC faculty members.