Casey Lam

Graduate Student
UC Berkeley Astronomy

Electronic: casey under$c0r3 lam at berkeley d0t 3du
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Snails: 501 Campbell Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3411

About me:

I am a third year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, where I work with Professor Jessica Lu to use gravitational microlensing to detect stellar mass black holes in the Milky Way. I spent most of my first two years of graduate school writing a simulation (PopSyCLE: Population Synthesis for Compact object Lensing Events) to understand microlensing in the Milky Way and trying to find an optimal strategy for selecting black hole candidates for astrometric follow up. More recently I've been working on modeling and fitting microlensing events. Before coming to Berkeley, I was an undergrad at MIT, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in math and physics (and also earned my pirate's license).

A slightly longer biography can be found here.

A PDF of my CV can be found here.

Research Papers:

PopSyCLE: A New Population Synthesis Code for Compact Object Microlensing Events (arXiv version)
Number Density of Peaks in a Chi-Squared Field
The level-set flow of the topologist's sine curve is smooth (arXiv version)


Brief calculus review notes I put together for my Astro 7B discussion section.
Chain Rule
Taylor Series

Brief notes I put together for my Astro 7A students.
Angular Distance and Area
Divergence of the partition function for hydrogen

Casey and Panda circa 2003
Following in the tradition of other great academic webpages, here is an outdated photo of myself.