Ph. D. Research: Radio Transients from Millisecond to Hour-long Timescales
Radio transients are astrophysical events that either appear and disappear, or display variations in their radio emissions. The intrinsic variability time scales can be diverse, ranging from fast radio bursts (millisecond duration extragalactic pulses of as-yet unknown physical origin) and millisecond pulsars (dense, magnetized neutron stars that have spun up to millisecond rotational periods through accretion from a binary companion) at millisecond time scales to minute-hour long interactions of magnetized exoplanets with their host stars.
Transient detection in radio data presents a fascinating challenge due to the variability of astrophysical phenomena, the abundance of extraneous interference sources (e.g., radio waves used for telecommunications, satellite transmissions, etc.), and the enormous data volumes output by modern surveys. The central goal of my research is to enable rapid radio transient discovery through the development of a broad net of computational tools and processing pipelines.