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Will Golay

Center for Astrophysics
Graduate Student


Walter (Will) Golay is a graduate student and is advised by Edo Berger. He completed his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa in 2023, where his thesis focused on a previously unknown energetic electron distribution in the coronae of radio-loud stars using observations from the NRAO Very Large Array (VLA). He has also used the NRAO Very Long Baseline Array to uncover a co-rotating radio source in a close binary star. His research at the Center for Astrophysics is broadly unified by using radio observations to uncover the nature of energetic astrophysical plasmas and transient events. His latest work focuses on the late-time radio emission from tidal disruption events (TDEs) when a star wanders too close to a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. He is also interested in studying stellar radio emission processes to understand and search for radio emission from star-planet interactions.

University of Iowa, 2023, BS in Physics & Astronomy; Harvard University, PhD, anticipated 2029, Astrophysics