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Ashley Bransgrove

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a theoretical astrophysicist working on extreme plasma physics and magnetic dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. I am currently a PCTS/Spitzer postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. I completed my PhD at Columbia University in 2023 under the supervision of Yuri Levin and Andrei Beloborodov. My research aims to understand the bizarre activity of neutron stars and black holes by modelling the dynamics of their magnetic fields and plasmas. I have worked on topics including neutron star quakes and rotation glitches, magnetosphere plasma dynamics and emission mechanisms, magnetic reconnection, and the black hole no-hair theorem. Recently I have been interested in the internal magnetic field evolution of neutron stars, including the effects of superconductivity and superfluidity. By modelling the internal dynamics and its effect on the magnetosphere, I hope to gain fundamental insights into the behavior of exotic matter in neutron star interiors. I am excited to collaborate with a broad range of SCEECS researchers on the multidisciplinary science of neutron stars.


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