DR. ANDREW S. FRIEDMAN
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Andrew Friedman: Bio
   I am a National Science Foundation Science, Technology and Society (STS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP). Before coming to MIT, I completed a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and I received my BA in Physics & Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. I am currently working on several theoretical cosmology projects, including devising fun experiments that leverage cosmology to help test fundamental physics. My research background is primarily in observational astronomy and cosmology, specifically cosmological studies of Gamma-Ray Bursts and Infrared observations of Type Ia Supernovae which can be used to measure the expansion history of the universe, cosmic acceleration, and dark energy. I am very interested in projects at the intersection between observational astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of cosmology. I am excited to continue bringing some of these fascinating scientific questions to the public through science writing, art, animation, public outreach, and working with the science media.

   I am currently working with MIT Physics Department Faculty, including Professors David Kaiser and Alan Guth, in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society and the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP). We are currently developing a proposed experiment which would help test quantum mechanics with the help of astronomical observations. Specifically, we are aiming to close one of the last remaining loopholes in tests of Bell's inequality that could allow a so-called local hidden variable theory to mimic the predictions of quantum mechanics. See here for more on our proposed “Cosmic Bell” experiment.

   My PhD thesis project with Professor Robert Kirshner is on Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae. Type Ia Supernovae can be used as standardizable candles for cosmology to measure the expansion history of the universe and constrain the mysterious dark energy thought to be causing the acceleration of cosmic expansion. The supernova aspect of the project uses infrared data obtained with the fully robotic 1.3 meter Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Arizona (P.I. Professor Joshua Bloom, UC Berkeley). See here for more on infrared observations of Type Ia and other types of Supernovae.

   My previous work with Professor Ramesh Narayan and Professor Joshua Bloom focused on testing the potential applications of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) for cosmology by studying GRB spectra and energetics. This work formed the basis of my graduate research exam project and my Harvard Master's thesis. My work has been supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship, where I collaborated with researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, including Dr. Neil Gehrels, the Principal Investigator of the NASA Swift Satellite, a space experiment that studies both GRBs and supernovae. See here for more on using GRBs for cosmology.

   At UC Berkeley, I did my undergraduate Astronomy thesis on supernova light curves with Prof. Alex Filippenko.

   A reasonably up to date list of my publications is here or on NASA/ADS.

   Some of the projects I've worked on are here.

Postdoctoral Research - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
       Can the Cosmos Test Quantum Entanglement?
        Testing Bell's Inequality with Cosmic Photons: Closing the Setting-Independence Loophole
        The Shared Causal Pasts and Futures of Cosmological Events
        Past Light Cone Intersection Movies


Ph.D. Research - Harvard University
       CfAIR2: Infrared Light Curves of 94 Type Ia Supernovae
        PhD Thesis: Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae
        Type Ia Supernova Light Curve Inference: Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis in the Near Infrared
        Type Ia Supernovae are Good Standard Candles in the Near Infrared: Evidence from PAIRITEL
        PAIRITEL Supernova Project
        PAIRITEL Website

A.M. Research - Harvard University
       Gamma-Ray Burst Energetics and Cosmology
        Using GRBs for Cosmology


Undergraduate Research - University of California, Berkeley
       Supernova Discoveries Page, The Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS)
        IAU Circulars, Senior Thesis, Astro Labs, Andy's Cheat Sheets
        Berkeley Scientific Journal Graphics, Berkeley Scientific Journal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harvard University Astronomy Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory UC Berkeley Astronomy NSF Graduate Research Fellowship NASA Graduate Student Research Program Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) NASA Swift Satellite
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 9/2014

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant # 1056580 through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT.

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