Email: [first name] @nyu.edu
I like to understand what happens during the rare occasion that a star passes very close to a supermassive black hole. Due to the strong gravity of the black hole, these unlucky stars get torn apart into streams of gas. The result is a sudden increase of fuel for the supermassive black hole, leading to a month-long flare of light. I search for these tidal disruption flares and use them to advance our understanding of black hole accretion.