Kunal Mooley

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Kunal Mooley

Hintze Research Fellow

I am a Hintze Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys. My research entails the discovery and characterization of astrophysical transient phenomena, with a focus on radio and optical wavelengths. Telescope facilities such as the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), the Arcminute Microkelvin Imager, the Palomar Transient Factory, and the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope are instrumental to my work. Recently I have been awarded a large program with the VLA telescope (JAGWAR: Jansky VLA mapping of Gravitational Wave Bursts as Afterglows in Radio) to search for the electromagnetic counterparts (EM) of gravitational wave sources.

My primary teaching experience has been as a Teaching Assistant at Caltech, where I helped with running courses such as Introduction to Modern Astronomy, Cosmology, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics Laboratory, and Nuclear Physics Laboratory. I have also mentored students at elementary school, guided school students with science fair projects, and judged at various science fairs. Currently I am a Visiting Fellow at Brasenose College.

The primary focus of my work is radio transients, and to some extent I also work on optical/X-ray transients. My other interests lie in radio surveys, accretion and jets, gravitational waves.

You can find out more about my research from my research website: http://www.tauceti.caltech.edu/kunal/