The UCI Physics and Astronomy Blog is managed by a team of UCI Physics graduate students. The goal of the Blog is to make departmental research more accessible by writing blog posts that explain what the big picture is in published papers by UCI faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The Blog will also make videos that complement the blog posts, as well as standalone videos that elucidate concepts in physics that are difficult to understand. The blog posts and videos are written and made by the UCI Physics and Astronomy Blogging team.
Meet the UCI Physics and Astronomy Blogging Team:
I am a PhD student at UC Irvine working on cosmology and astroparticle theory and phenomenology. I am primarily interested in dark matter models beyond the Cold Dark Matter paradigm. My current research is on a type of dark matter that experiences collisions called Self-Interacting Dark Matter (SIDM). Because SIDM particles interact, I can use galaxies as cosmic particle colliders to test models in SIDM to learn about its particle physics properties. My other research interests include other physics Beyond the Standard Model (BSM), and various topics in cosmology including cosmological inflation. I am an avid science communicator, and enjoy sharing science with the public through giving talks, writing articles, and using various social media platforms.
I am a PhD student in the Physics and Astronomy department at UC Irvine. My research is in particle physics which aims to build a mathematical understanding of the forces of the universe. We do this by studying interactions of the universe’s smallest constituents: subatomic particles. My research has two main components, 1) developing possible mathematical models for how our universe works, 2) using methods from machine learning and big data to develop tools to help test such models. When not doing research, I like to share my passion for physics with the general public by applying my artistic skills through various outreach projects.
I am a physics PhD student at UC Irvine. As an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, my research focused on the development of a future 100 TeV particle accelerator, where I studied the sensitivity of the collider to supersymmetric models. Currently, I am working on the ARIANNA project at UCI. ARIANNA consists of an array of radio detectors located in Antarctica that are searching for high energy neutrinos coming from outer space. I enjoy the challenge of making science accessible to everyone and getting people curious about physics.
I am a physics graduate student specializing in astrophysics at UC Irvine. I work under the supervision of Prof. Aaron Barth on measuring the masses of supermassive black holes from both radio observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and optical observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. There are several correlations between the black hole mass and the properties of its host galaxy, and I ultimately am trying to discover how both the black hole and galaxy evolve with each other. Previously, I conducted soft condensed matter research at my alma mater, UC Merced, mainly on dispersing quantum dot nanoparticles into liquid crystal mediums. I also spent a summer as a part of NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), trying to understand the effects the California drought had on pollution in the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, I’m passionate about teaching, and I want to see the world become a more scientifically literate place. When I’m not too busy with school, I enjoy playing the piano, playing chess and video games, shooting some hoops on the basketball court, and spending time with my friends and family.
I am a physics PhD student at UC Irvine with a passion for condensed matter physics. While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, I studied the nonlinear dynamics of vortex reconnection events in superfluid helium. My current research interests include the design and development of spintronic devices. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing the drums and traveling.
I am a first year PhD student at UC Irvine, and am planning on studying experimental plasma physics, particularly in relation to fusion energy. My undergraduate experience was in engineering physics, and thus included an internship with Boulder Environmental Sciences and Technology, a microwave remote sensing firm in Colorado. I also interned at Tech-X, a computational physics firm. When I do venture out of the physics building, I love to play tennis and hike.
I am a PhD student in the Physics and Astronomy department at UC Irvine studying astrophysics. I am involved in two science collaborations: LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). Currently, I am focusing on simulating satellite and plane trails in images for LSST. My undergraduate research experience was also in astrophysics, but I primarily focused on Milky Way science. Outside of physics, I like to rock climb (indoors), relax at the beach, watch TV, build puzzles, or hangout with friends. I also enjoy going to hockey games especially when my favorite team, the Detroit Red Wings, are in town.
Mackenzie is a fifth year working in condensed matter on single-molecule sensors. His research interests lie in improving sensors and detectors for all types of experiments, through material development.