The Theoretical Astrophysics Center

Members of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center

Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty

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Research Staff

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  • Joanne Cohn
    Hearst Field Annex C254
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    Cosmology, large-scale structure, galaxy clusters, galaxy evolution, mergers, analytic modeling
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  • Pak-Shing Li
    Hearst Field Annex D337
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    Working with Chris McKee and Richard Klein
    Star formation using multi-dimensional ideal and non-ideal MHD simulations
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  • Steven Stahler
    Hearst Field Annex C256
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    Star formation
    Publications

Visiting Researchers

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Postdoctoral Researchers

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Graduate Students

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  • Jennifer Barnes
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    Working with Dan Kasen; neutron star mergers.
  • Jonathan Andrew Blazek
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    Working with Uros Seljak; weak lensing and galaxy clustering.
  • Working with Dan Kasen on the Nebular Phase of SNe.
  • Working with Eliot Quataert; tides in stars.
  • Matt George
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    Working with Uros Seljak and David Schlegel; peculiar velocity surveys.
  • Nick Hand
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    Working with Uros Seljak; CMB, kinetic SZ.
  • Pedram Hassanzadeh
    Working with Phil Marcus; Vortices in PPDs and Jovian atmosphere.
  • Ryan Janish
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    Working with Chung-Pei Ma
  • Chung-Hsiang Jiang
    Working with Phil Marcus; Internal waves in stratified flows (such as PPDs).
  • Daniel Lecoanet
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    Working with Eliot Quataert; MHD and hydrodynamics.
  • Aaron Lee
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    Working with Chris McKee and Richard Klein; Magnetic Bondi-Hoyle accretion, formation of the first stars.
  • Eve Lee
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    Working with Eugene Chiang on planet formation.
  • Jacob Lynn
    Working with Eliot Quataert; Turbulence.
  • Mike McCourt
    Hearst Field Annex D305
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    Working with Eliot Quataert; Thermal physics of galaxy clusters.
  • Andrew Myers
    Working with Chris McKee and Richard Klein; Massive star formation.
  • Suyang Pei
    Working with Phil Marcus; Planetesimal formation.
  • Working with Eugene Chiang; Disk accretion, ionization chemistry, dynamics of hot Jupiter atmospheres, evaporation of rocky planets.
  • Working with Daniel Kasen; AGN feedback.
  • Josiah Schwab
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    Working with Eliot Quataert; Transients.

Support Staff

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  • Senior Network Administrator
  • Mary Ann Minch
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    TAC Administrative Contact
  • Rayna Helgens
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    TAC Visitor Coordinator

Former TAC Fellows

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Name Years Curent Location Current Position
Arieh Konigl 1980-1983 University of Chicago Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Abraham Achterberg 1983-1984 University of Utrecht Professor of Astrophysics
Lars Hernquist 1984-1987 Harvard University Professor of Astronomy
Roger Romani 1987-1990 Stanford University Professor of Physics
Christopher Kochanek 1990-1993 Ohio State University Professor of Astronomy and Ohio Eminent Scholar
Zhi-Yun Li 1993-1996 University of Virginia Professor of Astronomy
Nick Gnedin 1996-1998 Fermilab and University of Chicago Scientist and Associate Professor of Astronomy
Yuri Levin 1999-2002 Monash University Lecturer
Yoram Lithwick 2002-2005 Northwestern Asst. Professor
Tzu-Ching Chang 2003-2006 ASIAA Research Scientist
Jun Zhang 2006-2009 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Associate Professor
Tony Piro 2007-2010 Caltech Postdoctoral researcher
Phil Chang 2008-2009 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Asst. Professor
Nevin Weinberg 2006-2011 MIT Assistant Professor
Mario Riquelme 2010-2012 Univ. de Chile Assistant Professor
Margaret Pan 2009-2012 NASA Goddard Postdoctoral Researcher

Prior to the official formation of the TAC, Berkeley hosted a number of prize theoretical astrophysics postdocs, including: Mitch Begelman, Richard (Dick) Bond, George Efstathiou, Carlos Frenk, David Hollenbach, George Lake, Chris Marinoni, Ralph Pudritz, and Simon White.

We have also hosted a number of theoretical astrophysics postdocs via the Miller Institute (Ed Bertschinger, Phil Chang, Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere, Eric Ford, Phil Hopkins, Guinevere Kauffmann, Eyal Maoz, Andrew Melatos, Colin Norman, Ted Scharleman, David Weinberg), the Hubble Fellowship (Todd Thompson, Qingjuan Yu, Niccolo Bucciantini, Joe Hennawi, Nikhil Padmanabhan, Dusan Keres, Beth Reid, Matt McQuinn, Robert Feldmann), and the Einstein Fellowship (Anatoly Spitkovsky, Taotao Fang, Ian Parrish, Prateek Sharma, Matt McQuinn, Matt Kistler, Ryan O'Leary, Phil Hopkins, Ken Shen, Ann-Marie Madigan).

If you are interested in having Berkeley as your host institution for the Einstein, Hubble, Sagan, or NSF fellowships, please contact one of the TAC faculty members.