Welcome to my little science page. As I mentioned earlier in the third person, I graduated from Harvard in 2018 with a B.A. in Astrophysics and Math. Meaning, I learned a lot of wonderful things about subjects such as cosmology, topology, quantum mechanics, abstract algebra, and dynamical systems.
My research interests include transient stellar phenomenon, black hole dynamics, and science education. I've done mostly theoretical and computational astrophysics work, which described in more detail below.
As always, I'm happy to answer questions about my science work and can be reached at edengirma [at] live [dot] com.
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ICE/M.Mezcua et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Illustration: NASA/CXC/A.Hobar
astrometric detection of intermediate-mass black holes
For my senior thesis, I worked with Professor Avi Loeb at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics to explore with numerical simulations how we might detect a population of intermediate-mass black holes at the center of the galaxy, using recent advancements in radio astronomy.
I was awarded both the Hoopes Prize and Leo Goldberg Prize in Astronomy for my work on this thesis, and the research was later condensed into a journal article that has been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
fragments produced from tidal disruptions
In 2016 I worked with Dr. James Guillochon to study stellar tidal disruptions, and the potential galactic distribution that fragments formed from the gravitational collapse within the tidal stream might possess.
The results of this research were presented in a press conference at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, and further featured in the National Geographic.
Image credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA