Professor Rachel Bean
I am currently a third year graduate student working with Dr. Rachel Bean. The focus of my research is galaxy cluster mis-centering with the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (kSZ) effect. The peculiar velocities of clusters, traced by the kSZ effect, can provide a measurement of the underlying gravitational potential field in order to constrain cosmology, e.g. dark energy and modified gravity. This work utilizes current (and upcoming) photometric and spectroscopic galaxy observations. Previously, as an REU student here I worked on CMB simulations to probe potential non-Gaussianity.
In 2014, I received a B.S. in physics with a specialization in astrophysics and interdisciplinary concentration in the philosophy of science from The College of New Jersey. There I worked with Dr. Paul Wiita on computational modeling of relativistic jets in active galactic nuclei.
I have been a teaching assistant for ASTRO 1101 & 1102 and involved in department outreach including Ask An Astronomer.
Areas of interest: cosmology, theoretical astrophysics
Publication: V. Calafut & P.J. Wiita, "Modeling the Emission from Turbulent Relativistic Jets in Active Galactic Nuclei," arXiv:1407.3687 (astro-ph.HE), JoAA, Volume 36, Issue 2, 2015.