Almost all of us in one place for once, August 2021! From left to right: K. Aggarwal, S. Burke-Spolaor, C. Dear, R. Thomas, J. Sydnor, M. Waddy, C. Witt, G. Walsh. Not pictured: K. Green, B. Cheeseboro.
Current Students and Postdocs:
Gregory Walsh -
Project: Exploring the evolution of binary black holes in galaxy mergers through radio imaging.
Jessica Sydnor -
Project: Multi-messenger searches for binary supermassive black holes, and BoBcat: A Database of Candidate Binary Supermassive Black Holes. Also, X-ray studies of FRB190520.
Reshma Thomas -
Project: Fast radio burst localization and Polarization studies of the Localized Fast Radio Burst population
Nikita Aggwarwal -
Project: Continuous-wave searches for binary supermassive black holes
Tingting Liu - Postdoc
Projects: Observations of active galactic nuclei as binary supermassive black hole candidates.
Focus(es): The hunt for binary supermassive black holes; Single, dual, and binary AGN; multi-wavelength analysis.
Focus(es): Radio transients; Classical Novae; Improving Realfast operations.
Here are the theses of my past great grad students!
Kshitij Aggarwal (graduated WVU 2021):
"Searching Harder, Localizing Better, Classifying Faster: Optimizing Fast Radio Burst Detection And Analysis"
(Machine learning for FRBs; Realfast: a real-time, commensal, fast transient detector on the Very Large Array)
Belinda Cheeseboro (graduated WVU 2021):
"Development of Eccentric Black Hole Binary Searches in the LIGO and PTA Regimes"
(Building eccentric source modelling into PTA and LIGO searches for gravitational waves)
Caitlin Witt (graduated WVU 2022):
"Bayesian Methods for Multi-Messenger Analysis of Supermassive Black Hole Binaries: Pulsars and Quasars and Gravitational Waves, Oh My!"
(Multi-messenger algorithms and searches for binary supermassive black holes)
Past group contributors/members:
Megan Jones -
Graduate Student, primary supervisor M. McLaughlin
Project: Investigating the Candidate Displaced Active Galactic Nucleus in NGC 3115.
Congrats to Megan for her Nov 2018 graduation!
Nihan Pol - Graduate Student, primary supervisor M. McLaughlin
Project: Exploring the origins of the young Galactic halo pulsar, PSR 0837-24.
Rodney Elliot -
Project: Testing hypotheses for the evolution of the black hole(s) galaxy 1015+364.
Kris Wolfe -
Project: The properties of spheroidal post-merger galaxies.
Kara Green - Undergraduate Student
Project: Binary/recoiling black holes in spheroidal post-merger galaxies.
Simon Wirth -
Project: The binary supermassive black hole database.
Morgan Waddy -
Project: The Petabyte Project for Fast Radio Bursts, and FRB Algorithm development