Brian David Metzger
Brian Metzger received his B.S. at the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2009. He held a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton, before joining the Columbia Department of Physics in 2013, where he is currently a Professor. His recognitions include the Sloan Fellowship; New Horizons Breakthrough Prize in Physics; the Bruno Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society; and the 2020 Laureate of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. He is supported as a Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation.
Metzger’s research is in theoretical high energy astrophysics, on topics including gamma-ray bursts; supernovae; novae; fast radio bursts; tidal disruption events; accretion processes; compact objects; nucleosynthesis (astrophysical origin of the elements); and the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources.
- Electromagnetic counterparts of compact object mergers powered by the radioactive decay of r-process nuclei
- Gamma-ray novae as probes of relativistic particle acceleration at non-relativistic shocks
- Fast radio bursts as synchrotron maser emission from decelerating relativistic blast waves
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