Claude-André Faucher-Giguère Claude-André Faucher-Giguère
Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy (2014-)
Einstein Fellow, Northwestern University (2013-2014)
Miller Research Fellow, UC Berkeley (2010-2013)
Ph.D. in Astronomy, Harvard University (2010)
A.M. in Astronomy, Harvard University (2007)
B.Sc in Mathematics & Physics, McGill University (2005)
Tech F243 | [email protected]; x=cgiguere

Candidates interested in joining our group should apply for a CIERA postdoctoral fellowship and are encouraged to contact Claude-André Faucher-Giguère ([email protected]; x=cgiguere) with any questions they may have. We also strongly encourage candidates propose Northwestern as the host institution for their application to external fellowships, such as the Hubble, Einstein, and NSF postdoctoral fellowships. Fellows who attract external funding may be offered extended terms.

Alexander Richings Alexander Richings, Lindheimer Postdoctoral Fellow
Alex did his Ph.D. at Leiden University, where he developed a sophisticated non-equilibrium cooling and chemistry code for galaxy simulations. Alex is currently incorporating this chemistry module in the GIZMO code for use in concert with the FIRE stellar feedback modules. At Northwestern, Alex plans to continue his studies of molecular gas in galaxies and is starting to work on a new project to apply his code and expertise to the formation of molecules in AGN-driven galactic winds.

Tech F238 | [email protected]; x=a.j.richings

Daniel Angles-Alcazar Daniel Angles-Alcazar, CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow
Daniel completed his Ph.D in Physics from the University of Arizona and joined Northwestern as a CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow in fall 2014. Daniel is an expert on cosmological simulations and has pioneered the implementation more physical models of black hole accretion in such simulations. Daniel is now extending his studies to include self-consistent black hole feedback and is leading cosmological studies of black hole growth with a realistic ISM and stellar feedback as part of the FIRE project. Daniel is also leading a comprehensive study of the cosmic baryon cycle in the FIRE simulations.

Daniel’s personal web site
Tech F238 | [email protected]; x=anglesd

Graduate Students
Motivated graduate students interested in joining the galaxy formation group are encouraged to contact Claude-André Faucher-Giguère by email. Please include a summary of interests and experience. A strong computational back is desirable.

Alexander Gurvich Alexander Gurvich, Ph.D. Candidate in Astronomy (2016-)
Alex earned his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon and joined our group in summer 2016. As an undergraduate, Alex worked on topics including weak gravitational lensing and the cosmic ultra-violet background. Alex is now starting new projects on the physics of stellar feedback and galactic winds.

Office TBD | [email protected]; x=agurvic

Zachary Hafen Zachary Hafen, Ph.D. Candidate in Physics & Astronomy (2014-)
Zach is working predictions for gas absorbers around galaxies, motivated in particular by recent discoveries from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. Currently, Zach is focusing on the properties Lyman limit systems, which are good tracers of inflows and outflows in the circum-galactic medium. Zach is also starting work on FIREBOX, the first full cosmological volume simulation with the resolution and physics of the FIRE zoom-in simulations.

Tech F224 | [email protected]; x=zachary.h.hafen

Niharika Sravan Niharika Sravan. Ph.D. Candidate in Physics & Astronomy (2013-2015)
Niharika modeled UV metal line emission from the circum-galactic medium of high-redshift galaxies using cosmological simulations from the FIRE project. Niharika’s calculations will play a key role in interpreting upcoming measurements from instruments specifically designed to detect such low surface brightness emission, including MUSE on the Very Large Telescope and the Keck Cosmic Web Imager. These measurements will provide a new and powerful way to directly probe the inflow and outflow processes that regulate galaxy growth.

Niharika’s personal web site
Tech F224 | [email protected]; x=niharika

Undergraduate Students
Our cosmological simulations are well suited for important contributions by undergraduate researchers and offer a variety of projects. Interested students should contact Claude-André Faucher-Giguère by email. Please include a CV, summary of interests and experience, and (if possible) a copy of your transcript. Candidates with a strong computational background are especially encouraged to apply.

Funding for undergraduate research is available through the Office for Undergraduate Research at Northwestern and the Weinberg College of Arts & Science. U.S. citizens enrolled in any undergraduate program may also be funded by the Illinois Space Grant College Summer Research Program.

Nora Linzer Nora Linzer, high school intern (2016)
Nora is a recent graduate of Evanston Township High School. In spring 2016, Nora did an internship at Northwestern working on developing Firefly visualizations for our galaxy simulations. In summer 2016, Nora is working on a quantitative analysis of the galactic winds predicted by the FIRE cosmological simulations. In fall 2016, Nora will start her undergraduate studies at Caltech.

[email protected]; x=nlinzer

Shyam Bharadwaj Shyam Bharadwaj, undergraduate researcher (2014-2015)
Shyam was an undergraduate student in the Integrated Science Program and joined the galaxy formation group in spring 2014. Shyam used the FIRE simulations to study feedback from star clusters. Shyam investigated how spectroscopic observations of star clusters in the local Universe can be used to test feedback models. Such observations are being proposed with the Hubble Space Telescope. Shyam won an Illinois Space Grant to pursue this research in summer 2014, in addition to during the academic year. Shyam started Ph.D. studies in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell in Fall 2015.

[email protected]; x=ShyamBharadwaj2015

Yulun Wu Yulun Wu, undergraduate researcher (2014-2015)
Yulun is an undergraduate student in the Integrated Science Program and joined the galaxy formation group in spring 2014 as a freshman. Yulun has a strong background in computer science and developed a Monte Carlo radiative transfer code. Yulun subsequently did an internship with Intel.

[email protected]; x=yulunwu2013