There is no bigger stage than the Universe. It is, at once & the same time, our origin, our sustainer & (for some lucky few) our professions. It surrounds us but is, like our oceans, both easy to percieve & deucedly difficult to study. Up until now, astronomy & astrophysics were expensive pursuits that were also subject to chaotic weather conditions, unless you went into Space, which is a whole other level of expense. Well this Summer we here @ ASDRP look to deliver rigorous experiences (& perhaps experiments) using the exact same data as the Big Players (think NASA & the ESA): we'll continue exploring the public data for potentially habitable Exoplanets; or search for Pulsars & Fast Radio Bursts [FRBs] using instumentation we build ourselves, while learning the natures of these strange beasts; or perhaps we'll build our own Laser Interferometer Gravity Observatory [LIGO] while learning about that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum [EM] we call 'light;' or maybe we'll come up with something absolutely new. This year in ASDRP promises to be an exciting time for Astronomy & Astrophysics. Come join us!
Current Research Areas
Guest Speakers and Seminars
08.06.2020 Astrophysics Lectureship: Dhruv Muley
Join us this Thursday at 5-6 PM for our second Astrophysics lectureship. This week, Dhruv Muley, a theoretical astrophysicist, will be sharing cutting-edge research on the physics of planet formation. Circumstellar disks of gas and dust are an inevitable byproduct of the process of star formation. Over time, these evolve and eventually disperse by various mechanisms, giving way to the rich variety of planetary systems we observe today. In particular, so-called “transition disks”—an intermediate phase defined by large interior cavities—may be shaped by disk-planet interaction. We study this hypothesis with hydrodynamical simulations of the PDS 70 system and its recently-discovered multi-Jupiter-mass companion, PDS 70b. Click here for details.
07.21.2020 Astrophysics Lectureship: Calvin Leung
Join us this Tuesday at 8-9 PM for our first Astrophysics lectureship. Calvin Leung, one of our very own ASDRP research advisors, completed his undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and has also previously worked as a vibration engineer aboard Falcon 9 at SpaceX. Today, Calvin is pursuing his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in physics, studying the phenomena of fast radio bursts: brief, intense flashes of radio-frequency light originating from outside the Milky Way. His past research interests have included quantum communication and searching for dark matter using atomic clocks. Click here for details.