Hi, I'm Richard. I'm a transient astrophysicist at the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
Currently: living in Texas, reading Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder, finding my next source of caffeine, and building this website — an ongoing effort.
Time Domain Astrophysics — I study electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves in the time domain. My work focuses on the search for kilonovae, which are transient, isotropic, optical afterglows resulting from compact binary mergers. I work with Mario Diaz in the Time Domain Optical Astronomy Group at the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy. Our research group is part of the TOROS Collaboration, which uses optical observatories around the world to follow up gravtitational wave events detected by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Observational Astronomy — I'm an observational astronomer and assistant director at the C.T. Memorial Observatory. My projects include optical photometry of trans-Neptunian objects and observatory automation. I've done work in collaboration with Elizabeth Praton at Franklin & Marshall College, where we investigated supernova remnant candidates in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. I was also involved in the restoration of the Joseph R. Grundy Observatory.
Links to papers are here.
I maintain code on GitHub.