Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Assistant Professor of Physics
PhD 2004 (UC Berkeley)
Campus address and phone:
427 LeConte Hall
Theoretical and computational astrophysics
Prof. Kasen's interests are in theoretical and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on supernovae and other energetic transients. He uses multi-dimensional supercomputer simulations to study astronomical explosions and their applicability as probes of cosmology and fundamental physics. More generally, he is interested in radiation transport across a range of astrophysical environments, from galaxies to extrasolar planets.
Prof. Kasen received his B.S. from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. Prior to returning to Cal, he was the Alan C. Davis fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Hubble fellow at UC Santa Cruz. He joined the Berkeley astronomy faculty in 2010, jointly appointed with the physics department and the nuclear science division at LBNL.