Jamie A.P. Law-Smith

Contact

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, 60 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: P-228

Department of Physics, Harvard University, 17 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: Jefferson 564

Email: jamie.law-smith@cfa.harvard.edu

Bio

I am an ITC Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. (I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago in 2023.)

I am interested in a variety of problems in theoretical astrophysics and theoretical physics, including tidal disruptions of stars by black holes, the formation of gravitational wave sources, the structure of active galactic nucleus disks with embedded stars, the host galaxies of high energy astrophysical phenomena, black holes and de Sitter matrix theory, vacuum decay, and de Sitter space in string theory.

I did my undergraduate at Harvard University in Physics and Astrophysics (2010-2014) and my PhD at UC Santa Cruz in Astronomy & Astrophysics (2015-2021).

Publications

Up-to-date list available on ADS, INSPIRE, or Google Scholar.

Software

STARS_library: https://github.com/jamielaw-smith/STARS_library. This is a tool that provides the fallback rate to the black hole from 3D hydrodynamical simulations of tidal disruption events.

CV

Here is the PDF.

Videos

Videos are available at this URL.

Advocacy

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Within academia and particularly in physics and astronomy, there are far fewer people from underrepresented groups in undergraduate majors, phd positions, postdoctoral positions, and professorships than are reflected in the demographic makeup of the world. The field needs to do something about this—this includes developing equitable and inclusive hiring, admissions, and grant and telescope proposal reviewal practices, as well as recruiting and retaining students from diverse groups in undergraduate and graduate education. Regarding this aim in astronomy graduate education, the AAS recently put out a report on the status of diversity and inclusion as well as their recommendations: https://aas.org/task-force-diversity-and-inclusion-graduate-astronomy-education.

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