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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist, currently a NSF funded Assistant Research Scientist at the UC San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) and a Research Affiliate in the MIT STS Program. I work on several theoretical and observational projects to devise and implement fun experiments that leverage cosmology to test fundamental physics, including novel tests of quantum theory using with astronomical observations, searches for exotic new physics with optical polarization studies of distant galaxies, as well as Infrared and Optical studies of Supernovae with ground and space based telescopes to measure the expansion history of the universe, cosmic acceleration, and dark energy. I enjoy exploring fascinating scientific questions at the intersection between observational astronomy, astrophysics, data analysis, and the philosophy of science through research, science writing, art, animation, public outreach, and science media engagement. For more, see my Bio, Resume, and CV.
Physical Review A, Vol. 97, Issue 4, id. 042120, Apr 24 2018 (arXiv:1706.02276) (DOI) [Featured in Physics]
Physical Review Letters, Vol. 118, Issue 6, id. 060401, February 7 2017 (arXiv:1611.06985 | PDF) (DOI) (Supplemental Material) [Featured in Physics, Editors' Suggestion]
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Vol. 220, Issue 1, id. 9, September 4 2015 (arXiv:1408.0465) (DOI)
Physical Review Letters, Vol. 112, Issue 11, id. 110405, March 18 2014 (arXiv:1310.3288) (DOI)
Physical Review D, Vol. 88, Issue 4, id. 044038, August 21 2013 (arXiv:1305.3943) (DOI)
TV Documentary teaser, by PBS NOVA, S46, E2, premiers Wed, Jan 9 2019 [Buy DVD] [TV]
The MIT Museum exhibit explores the Cosmic Bell Experiment, an international research project including MIT physicists David Kaiser, Alan Guth, and Andrew Friedman that uses astronomical observations to explore the mystery of quantum entanglement. The exhibit was developed with MIT students and museum staff in a MIT Museum Compton Studio workshop.
I was a Science Consultant for NOVA, The Nature of Reality, the physics blog of the PBS TV station, WGBH Boston for Greg Kestin's video “4 Multiverses You Might Be Living In”. Also see Charles Q. Choi's excellent article accompanying the video.
I served as a Science Consultant for the FX TV series "Wilfred", starring Elijah Wood. In Wilfred S3, E10, "Distance" (Aug 15, 2013), Elijah's character, Ryan, needed to investigate wormholes and time machines for some reason. I was asked to write some text for and mock up a hypothetical website about wormholes. They used parts of my text, made their own images, and here is a photographed screenshot of what actually aired. Also see here.
University of California, San Diego UCSD Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Center for Theoretical Physics Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna Harvard University Astronomy Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics UC Berkeley Astronomy National Science Foundation National Aernautics & Space Administration
MIT Vera
Tufts/MIT Cosmo
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 6/2017

University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award #1056580 (2012-2014) through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT and the NSF INSPIRE program via NSF Award #1541160 (2015-2019).

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