I am a sixth year graduate student at MIT. I am working with Paul Schechter on weak gravitational lensing in galaxy clusters and formerly telescope aberrations. This means that day to day, I create, implement in code, and fine-tune analytic models in order to better describe physical phenomena such as the deflecions of light due to gravitational lenses or telescope optics. I curve fit, to test models against real data. Most of my time is spent at a computer, but some of it is spent at a telescope, collecting data.
My gravitational flexion work is ongoing. I am primarily concerned with measuring halo truncation of galaxies in galaxy clusters.
The following two posters explain my work in slightly more detail. They are identical, except one used only the 'ten hundred' most common words in the English language. Feel free to click to view in more detail.
My optics work is detailed in Generic Misalignment Aberration Patterns in Wide Field Telescopes , and in the shorter paper the Generic Misalignment Aberration Patterns and the Subspace of Benign Misalignment . However the very short version is effectively this poster below.
If you're into photometry, or just want a nice, stand-alone program to find and fit objects in your minimally cleaned fits images, check out DoPHOT . I rewrote in C and added some upgrades to Schechter, Mateo, and Saha 's 1990's curvefitting photometry program. It iteratively finds, fits to a PseudoGaussian (or function of your choosing), and subtracts objects from images, allowing for automated photometry and neighbor subtraction in fields.