University of Washington (2013)
Joined UW in
My research focus is currently on observational studies of extragalactic X-ray binary populations: how they form, evolve, and effect their surrounding environments. My research uses data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope.
I’m interested in the properties and evolution of massive binary systems. I specifically study high mass X-ray binaries in nearby galaxies using the Chandra and Hubble Space Telescopes. Not only are high mass X-ray binaries the direct progenitors of compact object binaries (potentially powerful sources of gravitational waves), they provide useful tools for study the final stages of massive star evolution and may also play an important role in how galaxies form their stars.
This research can be used to constrain binary evolution models, examine trends between X-ray properties and the metallicity and morphology of the host galaxy, and potentially yield new discoveries of exotic individual sources.