Research

I’m part of the Foundation Supernova Survey and the Swope Supernova Survey, led by Ryan Foley. I’m currently working on the cross-calibration between these two surveys.

The Swope Supernova Survey uses the Swope 1 m telescope in Las Campanas, Chile, to observe transient objects, mainly, but not exclusively, low-z Ia Supernovae to use in a forthcoming cosmological analysis. I’m part of the target selection, scheduling and calibration team, and actively reduce the data we obtain.

As part of the Swope Supernova Survey, we made the first discovery of the optical counterpart of the neutron star merger detected by LIGO on August 17, 2017. The journals Science and Physics World selected the neutron star merger discovery as the 2017 Scientific Breakthrough of the Year.

Broadly, my main scientific research interests fall in two categories:

  • Astrophysics and Astronomy: Observational Cosmology and Dark Energy, Dark Matter, High Energy Astrophysics, Particle Astrophysics.
  • History of Science: Ancient and XVII-XX century Physics and Astronomy.

In 2016, I co-wrote a paper on gamma-ray detection from star-forming galaxies using Fermi-LAT data. The article was published in the journal MNRAS, and can be found here. I presented this article as an oral contribution in the 6th Heidelberg International Symposium on High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, in July 2016.

A topic that I have particular interest in is indirect Dark Matter detection from Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies with Fermi-LAT data. An article I find as a very good introduction to the topic is this one, written by the Fermi-LAT collaboration.