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About Me

Mt Hopkins, Jan. 2013 by Mike Olbinski.

I'm a postdoc at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory working on establishing a network of faint fundamental spectrophotometric standards for future wide-field surveys such as Pan-STARRS and LSST, and studying exploding stars near and far.

I was a graduate student in the Department of Physics and the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, working for Prof. Christopher Stubbs.

My research interests are in cosmology - I've been working with light curves of type Ia supernovae to measure the equation of state of the dark energy with the ESSENCE project. I've worked on modeling SNIa light curves using low-redshift measurements from Prof. Robert Kirshner's SN Group at the CfA, and other nearby SN search programs. I'm actively involved in cosmological investigations with variables and explosive transients with Pan-STARRS, particularly if they are SNIa that look funny. I work on pipelines for transient searches, HPC codes, larger than the average simulations, and try to observe as much as I can.

There is a CV that I've actually updated!

The picture was taken by Mike Olbinski at FLWO.


Milky Way over WIYN, July 2015

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