The ICG welcomes a new staff member this week – Daniel Whalen.
Dan joins us from Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics at Heidelberg, and is currently working on using detections of primordial supernovae with Euclid, WFIRST and JWST to constrain the properties of the first stars. He is also modeling the evolution of supermassive primordial stars and the birth and formation of the earliest supermassive black holes at z > 6 to determine their observational signatures at 21 cm, the NIR and Lyman-alpha.
Dan is also studying early chemical enrichment by the first supernovae and their elemental imprint on second-generation stars and dwarf galaxies. He is also exploring how strong lensing can be used to reveal primitive galaxies and the first cosmic explosions in future wide field NIR surveys and dedicated surveys of cluster lenses.