Graduate Student (Physics), Department of Astronomy
I am a graduate student in the physics department at Harvard University. My main research focus is in understanding electron heating via magnetic reconnection in the trans-relativistic regime. This is the regime that characterizes black-hole coronae. One of the primary questions I aim to answer is how energy is partitioned between electrons and ions (protons) by the reconnection process. The precise way in which the energy is partitioned is conceivably sensitive to various parameters that characterize the plasma. The region of plasma parameter space in which electrons shift from non-relativistic to relativistic energies remains largely unexplored. A detailed characterization of plasma behavior in this regime will be of interest to the magnetic-reconnection as well as GRMHD communities.