Current Graduate Students

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David Khatami

Research Interests

  • high-energy astrophysics
  • nuclear astrophysics
  • stellar astrophysics
  • radiative transfer
  • radiation hydrodynamics
  • high-performance computing

I am currently a fifth-year graduate student and NSF fellow in the astronomy department. I am working with Daniel Kasen on developing theoretical models of energetic transients such as supernovae, kilonovae, compact object mergers, and tidal disruption events. I specialize in providing observational astronomers with analytical tools and theoretical datasets to interpret light curve and/or spectral evolution, using a combination of analytical and numerical radiative transfer modeling. I cherish all photon energies and the theoretical challenges unique to modeling each part of the electromagnetic spectrum.