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                                                                                                                        Department Poster with SPS (pdf)

Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar

Assistant Professor (PhD 2002, Stony Brook University)

Current Students                      Thesis Topic
Pak Chan                               Numerical Astrophysics
Anashe Bandari                      Astroseismology
Joshua Arenson                      Nucleosynthesis
Mark Lohmann                      AdS/QCD correspondence

Past Students
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!