Nick Hand

COSMOLOGY PHD STUDENT AT UC BERKELEY

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Hi there, I'm Nick.

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I'm currently pursuing a Ph.D. in astronomy as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

I'm broadly interested in the field of cosmology, both observational and theoretical. To date, my research has included work on the cosmic microwave background and the study of the large-scale structure of the Universe.

I graduated from Princeton in 2011 with a B.A. in Astrophysics. Since I also grew up in New Jersey, the abundant sunshine of California has been a welcome change. While not working on my research, I enjoy reading, running long distances, and watching and playing baseball.

Research Interests

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Large-Scale Structure

More recently, my research interests have focused on studying the large-scale matter distribution of the Universe. Galaxy surveys map out the positions of galaxies across the Universe (see this amazing video for an example), and statistical studies of these maps allow us to answer fundamental questions about the Universe, including its expansion rate and how the structure that we see today came to form. My work primarily focuses on the study of redshift-space distortions, a phenomenon that distorts the measured positions of galaxies due to the velocities induced by large-scale gravity.

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

University of California, Berkeley

 

Ph.D. Candidate in Astrophysics: 2011 — present
Master of Arts in Astrophysics: 2013

My Ph.D. thesis combines my studies of the cosmic microwave background and the large-scale structure of the Universe. With my advisor Uros Seljak, it primarily focuses on the study of redshift-space distortions, a phenomenon that distorts the measured positions of galaxies in galaxy surveys due to the velocities induced by gravity on the largest scales of the Universe.

Princeton University

Graduated: 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Astrophysical Studies
Certificate in Applications of Computing

Working with my advisor David Spergel, I completed a senior thesis using data from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. We successfully detected the thermal Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect associated with the dark matter halos of luminous red galaxies. We also began work on detecting the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, which led to the first-ever measurement of this effect in 2012.

Publications

For an up-to-date listing of my Astrophysics publications, please see NASA ADS and/or the Arxiv

Astrobites

The astro-ph reader's digest

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I'm a member of the Astrobites team, which runs a daily blog that aims to summarize interesting research papers from Arxiv/astro-ph at a level appropriate for undergraduate science students. We have a very diverse readership, stretching from those with a casual interest in astronomy to seasoned professionals.

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 Nick Hand
Astronomy Department
501 Campbell Hall #3411
Berkeley, CA 94720-3411

nhand@berkeley.edu

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