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 first-year PhD student in the Physics and Astronomy department at UC Irvine studying particle physics. My previous research as an undergraduate at UC Davis was in Relativistic Heavy-Ion and High-Energy Particle physics. I studied the smallest constituents of the universe to help explain how the fundamental Strong force works and attempt to find the elusive Dark Matter particle, respectively. In graduate school, my research interests are still developing but some of the topics that interest me the most are the “hierarchy problem”, matter/anti-matter asymmetry, and Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics. While 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 in the Chemical and Materials Physics (CHaMP) program at UC Irvine. I am interested in learning about the universe through an interdisciplinary lens, and I want to combine aspects of various scientific disciplines such as physics, math, and chemistry to study the underpinnings of our universe. 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, 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.