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Vahé Petrosian (ADS, astro-ph) Professor
Theoretical astrophysics with concentration on high energy astrophysical processes and cosmology; solar flares, neutron stars, gamma-ray bursts and the accretion disk of stellar and active galactic black holes; early phase of the universe, the evolution of galaxies and quasars, arcs in clusters of galaxies, and gravitational lensing.
Dana Volponi Group Secretary
Previous Group Members
Former Post-Doctoral Fellows
Former Visiting Scholars
Former Graduate Students
- Qingrong Chen
- Michael Dorris
- Yanwei Jiang
- Wei Liu
- Robert Pelzman
- Julia Pryadko, Ph.D. June 1998,
Wave-particle interactions in plasma physics as a particle acceleration mechanism.
- Dave Saraniti, Ph.D. Jan. 1997,
Gravitational lens modelling and X-ray gases in galactic clusters as dark matter probes.
- Walid Azzam, Ph.D. June 1996,
Cosmological modelling of gamma-ray bursts.
- Ted Lee, Ph.D. March 1996,
Solar flare energetics and coronal heating, gamma-ray burst distributions.
- Brian Park, Ph.D. Sept. 1996,
Stochastic acceleration of particles and its application to solar flares.
Former Undergraduate Students
- Joel Hartman
- Kevin Luli
- Matt McQuinn
- Ellie Kitanidis: Senior Thesis
- Timothy Q. Donaghy,B.S. June 1999, Senior Thesis: Spatial Structure of Hard-Xray Impulsive Solar Flares.
- Alexander Maloney, B.S. March 1998, Senior Thesis: Evolution of Quasar luminosity Function.
- Shimpei Yamashita, B.S. June 1996, Senior Thesis: Surface brightness and luminosity function of galaxies.
Particle Acceleration Code: This code computes the particle and photon spectrum of particles undergoing
stochastic acceleration in a user specified environment:
Postscript Version of documentation
PDF Version of documentation
Tar file containing source code, libraries, etc., including the actual executable program "flare"
Sample sm plotting routine (very basic!)