Links to published work

There are a couple public resources available that can link you to my work: arxiv and the ADS abstract service. You can search my name on either.

My 11 papers have received 105 citations to date. My H-index is 6.

Below is a list and quick summary of each of my papers (most recent first).

  1. Optical and Spectroscopic Survey of a Radio-Selected Sample of Twenty Nine Merging Galaxy Clusters — This paper describes the Merging Cluster Collaboration’s spectroscopic and photometric survey of 29 merging galaxy clusters and also releases spectroscopic redshifts and magnitudes for ~5500 galaxies and stars. We also demonstrate that merging galaxy clusters hosting radio relics tend to be occurring within the plane of the sky.

  2. Subaru and Hubble Space Telescope Weak-Lensing Analysis of the Double Radio Relic Galaxy Cluster PLCK G287.0+32.9 — This paper is a detailed weak lensing analysis using both ground- and space-based broad-band optical observations of one of the most massive galaxy clusters known. It presents a specific challenge for modeling the supposed merger because there are two radio relics; however, the mass distribution is not as simple and bimodal as other two radio relic systems. This analysis is the most detailed study of this cluster to date.

  3. On the Absence of Radio Halos in Clusters with Double Relics — This paper explores a wide range of observables in search of correlations related to the presence or absence of radio halos (related to the turbulence in merging clusters) in clusters that host double radio relics (related to the shock waves in merging clusters). There are too few such clusters to analyze statistically; however, we find that there is likely an association with merger phase and we discuss the need for further surveys with the next generation radio telescopes.
  4. MC2: A Deeper Look at ZwCl 2341.1+0000 with Bayesian Galaxy Clustering and Weak Lensing Analyses — This paper is a weak lensing and galaxy analysis of the complex merging galaxy cluster ZwCl 2341.1+0000. With new spectroscopy and lensing techniques, the cluster is shown to be less massive than previously thought as well as less complex than other studies found; however, it is still quite complex with up to four merging subclusters.
  5. MC2: Multi-wavelength and dynamical analysis of the merging galaxy cluster ZwCl 0008.8+5215: An older and less massive Bullet Cluster — This paper is my second 1st-author paper and is a very wide raging analysis of multi-wavelength data including radio, x-ray, galaxy spectroscopy, and photometry. I complete a dynamical analysis and demonstrate that this cluster is much like the famous Bullet Cluster. This analogy extends to the morphology of the x-ray emitting intra-cluster medium, which contains a beautiful “bullet”-like structure.
  6. The Mismeasure of Mergers: Revised Limits on Self-interacting Dark Matter in Merging Galaxy Clusters — This paper takes a closer look at an influential result, which had ruled out many interesting dark matter models based on offsets measured in galaxy cluster mergers. We showed that the result was too stringent given results in the literature drawn from more thorough analysis of more robust data.
  7. The Case for Electron Re-Acceleration at Galaxy Cluster Shocks — This paper offers the first direct evidence of a supersonic X-ray shock front interacting with a population of pre-accelerated plasma emitted by an AGN. This paper was featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of Nature Astronomy.
  8. MC2: Dynamical Analysis of the Merging Galaxy Cluster MACS J1149.5+2223 — This is the second of two detailed analyses of MACS J1149. This is my first 1st-author paper and includes an optical and dynamical analysis of this cluster.
  9. Frontier Fields Clusters: Deep Chandra Observations of the Complex Merger MACS J1149.6+2223 — This is the first of two detailed analyses of MACS J1149, which is a relatively famous cluster given that it is part of the CLASH, Frontier Fields, and Merging Cluster Collaboration radio relic sample. In this paper deep Chandra data is analyzed for evidence of a merger.
  10. A powerful double radio relic system discovered in PSZ1 G108.18-11.53: evidence for a shock with non-uniform Mach number? — This paper is a radio, X-ray, and optical analysis of another cluster in the radio relic sample. This cluster is a nice bimodal, double radio relic system.

  11. MC2: Galaxy Imaging and Redshift Analysis of the Merging Cluster CIZA J2242.8+5301 — This paper is the first optical analysis of a merging cluster by the Merging Cluster Collaboration (MCC). CIZA J2242 is a bimodal merger and one of the most massive systems known. It has two radio relics, and is part of the radio relic sample put together by MCC.