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    Eliot Quataert

    Professor of Astronomy & Physics
    Thomas & Alison Schneider Chair in Physics

UC Berkeley
Astronomy Department

B-20 Hearst Field Annex
#3411
Berkeley, CA 94720-3411

Office: C-13 HFA (B-20 is mailing address)
Phone: 510-642-3792
eliot{at}astro.berkeley.edu




Research

I am a theoretical astrophysicist with interests in a wide variety of problems, including black holes, stellar physics, plasma astrophysics, and galaxy formation.

I am the director of Berkeley's Theoretical Astrophysics Center.

My publications can be found here (at arxiv.org) or here (at ADS).

Curriculum vitae     Short Academic Bio

My collaborations include the FIRE galaxy formation simulations, an NSF "TCAN" on Black Hole Accretion (with a really impressive website), and the Dedalus project.

Although I greatly enjoy theoretical physics research, I have a confession ....         I am not yet a member of this dept

Talks

2011 Biermann Lectures (MPA):   The Physics of Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
                                                        Feedback During Galaxy Formation
                                                        Searching for the Electromagnetic Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources

Fueling Black Hole Growth in Galactic Nuclei       The Thermal Stability of Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
Short-Duration Gamma-ray Bursts                          New Forms of Convection in Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
The Heating and Acceleration of the Solar Wind    The FIR-Radio Correlation & Gamma-ray Emission from Star-Forming Galaxi es
Gamma-ray Bursts from the Birth of Magnetars     Accretion in the Galactic Center                             

Public Talks & Online Courses

Black Holes
The Modern Origins Story:  From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets   See the youtube video for a version of this talk.
Astronomy/IB C13:   From the Big Bang to the Emergence of Humans.   Lectures for this UC Berkeley non-science majors class.

Group

Postdoctoral:   The Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC Berkeley has several prize postdoctoral fellowships.

Graduate & Undergraduate:  I am happy to talk with interested students at any time.

Previous Undergraduate Students:  Naveed Ahmad, Keaton Burns, Hannah Klion

Current Graduate Students:   Josiah Schwab, Daniel Lecoanet, Drummond Fielding, Sean Ressler

Previous Graduate Students:  
Prateek Sharma (IIsc), Mike Boylan-Kolchin (Maryland), Brian Metzger (Columbia), Linda Strubbe (CITA), Jackson DeBuhr, Josh Shiode (AAS Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship), Josh Burkart (Google), Jacob Lynn (Via Analytics), Mike McCourt (ITC)

UCB Postdocs I am currently collaborating with:  Davide Martizzi, Freeke van de Voort, Rodrigo Fernandez, Sasha Tchekhovskoy

Postdocs I have previously collaborated with:  Todd Thompson (OSU), Bryan Johnson (Livermore), Greg Howes (Iowa), Phil Chang (Univ. Wisconsin, 
                                                                           Milwaukee), Niccolo Bucciantini (Arcetri), Tony Piro (Caltech), Prateek Sharma (IIsc),
                                                                           Nevin Weinberg (MIT), Mario Riquelme (Univ. of Chile), Ian Parrish (CITA), Phil Hopkins (Caltech),
                                                                           Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere (Northwestern), Tobi Heinemann (KITP), Ken Shen (UCB), Ryan O'Leary (JILA)


Teaching

Note:   Class websites are now via bcourses.  Below are out of date but have useful links to readings, web resources, etc.

Astronomy & Integrative Biology C13:   From the Big Bang to the Emergence of Humans   Online Webcasts  Syllabus

Astro 7A:  Introduction to Astrophysics           Astro 160:  Stellar Physics         Astro 252:  Stellar Structure and Evolution

Astro 202:  Astrophysical Gas Dynamics        Astro 250:   Special Topics in Astrophysics:  Accretion Disks

Astro 292:  The Formation and Evolution of Massive Black Holes      Astro 24:  Black Holes:  The Science Behind the Science Fiction


Personal

I was born in Santa Monica, California on June 19, 1973, lived for almost 12 years in Houston,Texas, and spent my high school years in Vestal, New York (upstate near the border between NY and PA).  I received my B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1995 (carrying out research with Pawan Kumar) and my Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University  in 1999 (under the supervision of Ramesh Narayan).   I was a postdoc in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study for 2 years before coming to Berkeley in 2001.

I  live in Berkeley with Bethany Hoffman -- we enjoy, among other things, the outdoors & food.  When I can find the time, I also enjoy nature photography.