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I am a theoretical astrophysicist interested in a wide variety of topics including accretion disk dynamics, magneto-hydrodynamics, compact objects, Gamma Ray Burst physics, tidal interaction, protoplanetary disks, planet migration, planet formation, extrasolar planets, and gravitational wave physics. My thesis, under my PhD advisor Dong Lai at Cornell University, explored global instabilities of black hole accretion disks, in particular of diskoseismic modes. I also have done work on the physics of gravitational wave detectors, planet migration and the distribution of extrasolar planets, and neutron star physics of short Gamma Ray Burst progenitors. Recently I've started working on pulsar and magnetar physics.

You can find a list of my papers through NASA ADS.

My work has also been featured in a few popular science articles at APS Physics, New Scientist, and Ars Technica.

 

Some of my recent research projects:


Shedding Light on the Eccentricity Valley: Gap Heating and Eccentricity Excitation of Giant Planets in Protoplanetary Disks
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Linear Corototation Torques in Non-Barotropic Disks
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Shattering Flares From Close Encounters of Neutron Stars in Dense Stellar Environments
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Timing Noise in of High-B Pulsars and Magnetars and the Magnetospheric Moment of Inertia
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The Iron Line Variability of Discoseismic Corrugation Modes
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An Anti-Glitch from a Magnetar
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Protoplanetary Disk Resonances and Halting Type I Migration
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Resonant Shattering of Neutron Stars as Short Gamma Ray Burst Precursors
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