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Richard Jude Anantua

Center for Astrophysics


Black holes are simple objects, yet lie at the core of some of the deepest mysteries in astronomy, cosmology and high energy theoretical particle physics. My research background has addressed a wide variety of these, from theorizing Hawking radiating primordial black holes as a source of stochastic gravitational background to using near-extremal black hole geometries in string theory to facilitate calculations in lower-dimensional, strongly-coupled conformal field theories via the AdS/CFT correspondence. My current research at the Black Hole Initiative (BHI) and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) Institute for Theoretical Computation seeks to model emission near supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei, linking general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic (GRMHD) simulations of ever-increasing dynamical range to astronomical observations of ever-increasing spatiotemporal resolution. In particular, I relate GRMHD variables to the astrophysical plasma physics of equipartition, turbulent heating, current density and velocity shear to generate postprocessed images, spectra and light curves in order to understand and predict multiwavelength observational signatures from Sgr A*, M87 and 3C 279 as a member of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.

Ph.D. Stanford 2016, M.Ed. Harvard 2014, M.S. Stanford 2014, B.S. Yale 2010