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                                                                                                                        Department Poster with SPS (pdf)

Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar

Associate Professor (PhD 2002, Stony Brook University)

Current Students                      Thesis Topic
Jessica Asbell                        Astroseismology
Zack Hall                               Astroseismology
Raphael Monroy                   QCD & Astrophysics

Past Students
Mark Lohmann (M.S. 2014)       AdS/QCD correspondence and Neutral Weak Form
                                                      Factors of the Nucleon

Anashe Bandari (M.S. 2014)        Non-radial Oscillation Modes of Neutron Stars

Rick Patrick (M.S. 2014)           Searches for Supersymmetry in Particle Decays

Paktoo Chan (M.S. 2014)        Numerical Simulations of Chemically Reactive Fluids

Stou Sandalski (M.S. 2012)             SPH Simulations of Binary Mergers

Sam Koshy (M.S. 2011)           Tidal Locking Effects in Quark Star Binaries

Supernova explosion heralds birth of a neutron star, quark star or black holeSuperstrong magnetic fields in neutron stars cause powerful flaresKepler's supernova, SN1604. Its been over 400 years since a supernova happened in our Milky Way Galaxy.

What is Astrophysics?

This branch of physics goes deep into an understanding of the mysteries of the Universe - its geometry, its scale, its contents and its evolution

Quarks bind into nuclei, and atoms into molecules - massive molecular gas clouds collapse to form stars and galaxies. Galaxies come together to form Clusters. Everything from Nuclear & Particle Physics to Gravity to the unknown origins of Dark matter and Dark energy plays a role.

Here at CSULB, we are using theory and computation to explore various facets of Astrophysics. If you'd like to know more about the Universe we live in, and get involved in some research, this is the place to start!