C.V.

Full C.V. can be found here (updated October 16, 2017).

Education

2017 – 2022 (expected): Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. student, UC Santa Cruz. Advisor: Ryan J. Foley

2017: Bachelor in Classical Philology (with honors), Universidad de Costa Rica.

2016: Bachelor in Physics, Universidad de Costa Rica.

August 2010 – June 2011: Physics at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

Refereed Publications

  • First author

1) Rojas-Bravo, C., Araya, M. (2016). “Search for gamma-ray emission from star-forming galaxies with Fermi LAT” . MNRAS 463, 1068-1073. NASA ADS

  • Co-author

1) Coulter, D. et al. (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C.), 2017: “Swope Supernova Survey 2017a (SSS17a), the Optical Counterpart to a Gravitational Wave Source. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9811

2) Kilpatrick, C.. et al. (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C.), 2017: Electromagnetic Evidence that SSS17a is the Result of a Binary Neutron Star Merger”. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0073

3) Drout, M.R. et al. (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C.), 2017: “Light Curves of the Neutron Star Merger GW170817/SSS17a: Implications for R-Process Nucleosynthesis”. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0049

4) Siebert, M. et al. (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C.), 2017: “The Unprecedented Properties ot the First Electromagnetic Counterpart to a Gravitational Wave Source”. ApJL 848:L26. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aa905e

5) Murguia-Berthier, A. et al. (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C.), 2017: “A Neutron Star Binary Merger Model For GW170817/GRB170817A/SSS17A”. ApJL. 848:L34. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aa91b3

6) Pan, Y-C. et al. (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C.), 2017: “The Old Host-Galaxy Environment of SSS17A, The First Electromagnetic Counterpart to a Gravitational Wave Source”. ApJL. 848:L30. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aa9116

7) Abbot, B.P. et al (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C). 2017. “A gravitational-wave standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature24471

8) Abbot, B.P. et al (incl. Rojas-Bravo, C). 2017. “Multi-messenger Observations of a Binary Neutron Star Merger”. ApJL. 848:L12. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/aa91c9

Other publications

Proceedings

1)  Rojas-Bravo, C., Araya, M. (2017). “Star-forming Galaxy Search with Fermi-LAT”. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy (Gamma2016), Heidelberg, Germany. AIP Conference Proceedings 1792, 050010. DOI: 10.1063/1.4968956.

The Astronomer’s Telegram

1) E. Xhakaj, C. Rojas-Bravo, M. M. Foley, C. D. Kilpatrick, Y.-C. Pan, R. J. Foley, S. W. Jha, A. Rest, D. Scolnic (2017). The Astronomer’s Telegram, No. 10654. Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with Mayall/KOSMOS.

2) E. Xhakaj, C. Rojas-Bravo, M. M. Foley, C. D. Kilpatrick, Y.-C. Pan, R. J. Foley (2017). The Astronomer’s Telegram, No. 10620. Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane telescope.

3) D. A. Coulter, C. Rojas-Bravo, E. Xhakaj, Y.-C. Pan, C. D. Kilpatrick, R. J. Foley (2017). The Astronomer’s Telegram, No. 10593. Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane telescope.

4) C. Rojas-Bravo, E. Xhakaj, Y.-C. Pan, C. D. Kilpatrick, R. J. Foley (2017). The Astronomer’s Telegram, No. 10559. Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane telescope.

5) Everson, R.W., Rojas-Bravo, C, Pan, Y.-C., Foley, R.J. (2017), The Astronomer’s Telegram, No. 10518. Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane telescope.

Other

Honors and Awards

2017: Regents’ Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

2014: Highest overall score of the Classical Philology carreer: Universidad de Costa Rica.

2010: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

2006: Gold Medal, Costa Rican Physics Olympics. High school level.

2006: Gold Medal, Costa Rican Mathematics Olympics. High school level.

Oral and poster presentations

1) Search for gamma-ray emission from star-forming galaxies with Fermi LAT(Poster), at International School of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics “Maurice M. Shapiro” – ISCRA 2016 . Ettore Majorana Centre, Erice, Sicily, Italy. August 1-7, 2016

2) Search for gamma-ray emission from star-forming galaxies with Fermi LAT(Oral presentation), at 6th International Symposium on High-Energy Gamma-ray Astronomy (Gamma2016). Heidelberg, Germany. July 11-15, 2016.

3) Search for gamma-ray emission from star-forming galaxies with Fermi LAT(Oral presentation), at School on Dark Matter. Sao Paulo, Brazil. June 27 – July 9, 2016.

4) “Extragalactic Gamma-ray Astronomy with the Fermi Telescope and HAWC(Oral presentation) at “37th International School for Young Astronomers, ISYA 2015” Honduras. November 23- December 11, 2015.

Observing experience

  • Lick Observatory – Optical Spectroscopy (Kast): 7 nights
  • Keck Observatory – Optical Spectroscopy (LRIS): 3 nights (remotely)
  • Kitt Peak Observatory – Optical Spectroscopy (Mayall/KOSMOS): 3 nights (remotely)

(Some) Other symposia and schools attended

2016: ESAOBELA – Latin American Observational Astronomy School. UNAM/INAOE. Puebla, México. January 10-29. 

2015: Workshop on Astrophysics and General Relativity: Astro-GR 2015. ICTP, São Paulo, Brazil. August 11-15.

2015: School on Gravitational Waves: from theory and back. ICTP, São Paulo, Brazil. August 3-11.