The People

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

Current Group

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Graduate Students

Visiting scholar


Recent Group Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Recent Ph. D.'s

Nicole Lloyd, Postdoctoral Fellow, now at LANL
Gamma-ray bursts. Ph.D. January, 2001.
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. 1996 Sept.
Stochastic acceleration of particles and its application to solar flares.

Recent Undergraduate Theses

Timothy Q. Donaghy,B.S. June 1999
Spatial Structure of Hard-Xray Impulsive Solar Flares.
Alexander Maloney, B.S. March 1998
Evolution of Quasar luminosity Function.
Shimpei Yamashita, B.S. June 1996
Surface brightness and luminosity function of galaxies.

Useful Links

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!)

Astronomy Home Page

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