Supervisor:Gregory Sivakoff
Office:CCIS 2-100
Mailing Address:CCIS 4-181
Department of Physics
University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta T6G 2E1
Website Last Updated: Jan. 2018

I am no longer at the University of Alberta, and this page will not be maintained.

I currently work at the East Asian Observatory (EAO). Please see my current research website HERE

I am an astrophysics graduate student, working with Gregory Sivakoff, studying relativistic jets present in black hole X-ray binary systems in our Galaxy.

Relativistic jets are known to be fundamentally linked to the accretion process onto compact objects. Even though jet production is a universal process, studying jets in black hole X-ray binaries --- the rapidly evolving, lower-mass counterparts of Active Galactic Nuclei --- offers the distinct advantage of yielding jet changes in real time. While our phenomenological understanding of these jets has increased in recent years, key aspects of the physics that govern jet behaviour remain unconstrained, where for example, jet launching and acceleration mechanisms are widely unknown. These unknowns are encoded within measurments of jet emission from across the electromagnetic spectrum. Such measurments can allow us to track accreting matter from inflow to outflow, provide information on the timescales of physical processes occurring in the jet, and constrain the physical conditions in the jet, which can then be coupled to the properties of the accretion flow, probing the mechanisms that govern how jets are launched and quenched.

I am particularily interested in observing these jets in the mm/sub-mm regime, as this part of the spectrum bridges a crucial gap between the radio and infrared frequencies, but has remained relatively untested until now.

A large part of my work involves analyzing data from telescopes such as the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), the Submillimeter Array (SMA), the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), the Northern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA; formerly Plateau de Bure Interferometer or PdBI), and the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA).

Undergraduate Physics Labs at the U of A
Useful Links for Students:
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Courses I am teaching:
I am teaching EnPh 131 (section EN01; Mondays 08:00-11:00) in the Winter 2018 Semester.
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Master Of Science Thesis:

"Constraining the Jet Properties of the New Transient Black Hole X-ray Binary, Swift J1745-26, with the Subillimeter Array and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope" (read it HERE)

PhD Thesis:

"Coming Soon..."




My SMA Newsletter article on our amazing mm/sub-mm data of V404 Cygni