Current Graduate Student

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David Khatami

Research Interests

  • high-energy astrophysics
  • supernovae
  • massive stellar evolution
  • radiative transfer theory
  • radiation hydrodynamics
  • nuclear astrophysics
  • computational astrophysics


I am currently a fourth-year graduate student and NSF graduate fellow in the astronomy department. I am working with Dan Kasen on developing and testing theoretical models of energetic transients such as supernovae, kilonovae, compact object mergers, and tidal disruption events. In particular, I am interested in connecting supernovae properties and their observations to their late-stage progenitor evolution, with a focus on massive stars.