Erica Hammerstein

Major: B.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics

Uniquename: ekhammer

Research Interests: accretion physics, black holes, stellar evolution

Research Projects: 2015-2016 school year I worked with Dr. Mark Reynolds on characterizing black hole binary outbursts. We used data from the NASA Swift/BAT satellite telescope and from the MAXI telescope as well. This project was done to better understand how the morphologies and timescales of outbursts relate to accretion in a black hole binary system. This project was done through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

I am currently working with Professor Kayhan G├╝ltekin to better understand the jet turnover frequency in active galactic nuclei and how it relates to the mass and mass accretion rate of the black hole. This work is being done using data from the Very Large Array and with help from the Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package.

I am also very interested in public outreach, especially to the younger generations.