Colby haggerty

Computational Plasma Astrophysicist
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About me

I’m an astrophysicist who uses theory and computational simulations to study space and astrophysical plasmas. Currently, I work as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department at the University of Chicago studying collisionless plasma shocks, cosmic ray streaming instabilities and relativistic asymmetric magnetic reconnection.

I received my PhD in Plasma Physics from the University of Delaware in December 2016. My graduate work focused on studying heating in heliospheric magnetic reconnection and kinetic plasma turbulence.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Galactic Cosmic Ray Acceleration and Transport
  • Collisionless Plasma Shocks and Diffusive Shock Acceleration
  • Magnetic Reconnection in Heliospheric and Astrophysical Systems
  • Kinetic and MHD Plasma Turbulence

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Computational Skills

Advanced knowledge of Python, C, C++, Java and Fortran

Plasma modeling using massively parallel Particle-in-Cell, Vlasov, Hybrid and MHD codes

MPI/OpenMP CPU and CUDA GPU software development

Simulation and observational data analysis with Python, Matlab and IDL

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