Daniel Kasen

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Daniel Kasen

Professor, TAC director

Astronomy & Physics

UC Berkeley Department of Physics
366 LeConte Hall MC 7300
Berkeley, CA 94720-7300

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Specialty areas

Compact Object Mergers, Computational Astrophysics, High Energy Astrophysics, Radiation Transfer, Supernovae.


Prof. Kasen received his B.S. from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. Prior to returning to Cal, he was the Alan C. Davis fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Hubble fellow at UC Santa Cruz. He joined the Berkeley astronomy faculty in 2010, jointly appointed with the physics department and the nuclear science division at LBNL.


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Prof. Kasen’s interests are in theoretical and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on supernovae and other energetic transients. He uses multi-dimensional supercomputer simulations to study astronomical explosions and their applicability as probes of cosmology and fundamental physics. More generally, he is interested in radiation transport across a range of astrophysical environments, from galaxies to extrasolar planets.


Selected Publications from the Dan Kasen Group

  • Kasen 2011a (AAS) : Radioactivity and Peculiar Supernova Light Curves
  • Kasen 2011b (APJ): Pair Instability Supernovae: Light Curves, Spectra, and Shock Breakout
  • Kasen 2010 (Nature): Astrophysics: The supernova has two faces
  • Kasen 2006a (APJ): Secondary Maximum in the Near-Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae
  • Kasen 2006b (APJ): Time-dependent Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer Calculations for Three-dimensional Supernova Spectra, Light Curves, and Polarization

Selected Publications from the Wick Haxton Group

  • Shen 2012 (ApJ): The Long-Term Evolution of Double White Dwarf Mergers
  • Banerjee 2011 (PhRvL): Long, Cold, Early r Process? Neutrino-Induced Nucleosynthesis in He Shells Revisited
  • Kistler 2011 (PhRvD): Core-collapse astrophysics with a five-megaton neutrino detector
  • Inoue 2010 (APS): Harmonic-Oscillator-Based Effective Theory (HOBET): Effective Interactions without a Potential