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Nihan Pol receives Postdoctoral Fellowship


NihanPol, a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy,was awarded the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) prize postdoctoral fellowship in multi-messenger astrophysics at Vanderbilt University.VIDA research is focused on the burgeoning arena of astro-informatics, which confronts the challenges of Big Data analytics, often employs simulation-based methods and machine learning, and lives at the interface of astrophysics, data science, and statistics. At Vanderbilt, he will work with Dr. Stephen Taylor beginning August of 2020.

Pol will continue his research efforts in NANOGrav’s detection working group to develop robust methodology for testing detection pipeline and modeling the temporal response of the detector to nanohertz stochastic gravitational wave background.In addition, he will also be working on the Double Pulsar system which is a unique double neutron star system with which both of the neutron stars have been observed as pulsars.He will be using the eclipsing of one of the pulsars in the system by the other pulsar to time the latter pulsar.This is the first time that such a method has beenused and will lead to improved accuracy and stronger constraints on the eventual measurement of the moment of inertia of one of the pulsars in the system.

Previously, Pol was awarded the 2019-2020 Research Trust Fund Seehra Research Award at WVU.

Nihan Pol

Congratulations Nihan!