Calvin Leung

NHFP Einstein Fellow

Campbell 205


I am an NHFP Einstein Fellow at UC Berkeley in the Department of Astronomy. I am a member of the CHIME/FRB Collaboration, and did my PhD at MIT Physics with Kiyo Masui. Since 2018 I’ve been playing a leading role in the CHIME/FRB Outriggers Project, which aims to VLBI-localize hundreds of fast radio bursts (FRBs) to 50 mas precision over CHIME’s entire 200 deg^2 field of view every year. These FRBs and their redshifts will open up a new tracer of baryonic large-scale structure. FRBs are also a fast, compact, and ubiquitous transient (one FRB hits Earth every 2 minutes!) to use as a unique backlight for gravitational lensing.

Starting in September 2024, I will be a Miller Fellow. I’ll continue my work with CHIME/FRB in collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Lab (Dave DeBoer), as well as folks in the Department of Astronomy (Wenbin Lu) and Department of Physics (Liang Dai). I maintain very broad scientific interests, and am always happy to have conversations about quantum optics, the foundations of quantum mechanics, and new developments in atomic physics and astrophysics.