About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Prior to being a postdoc fellow here, I was a PhD student at Macquarie University. I obtained my PhD in Physics and Astronomy from Macquarie University, Australia, in 2014, and my MSc in Plasma Physics from the Queen’s University Belfast, UK, in 2009.

For my research I study X-ray data of active galactic nuclei (AGN) collected with Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXC), operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I invetsiaged physical and kinematic properties of warm absorbers (WA) and ultra-fast outflows (UFO) in Seyfert I AGN.

For my PhD project at Macquarie University I used Integral Field Unit (IFU) spectroscopy on the Australian National University (ANU) 2.3-m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory (Australia) to study morpho-kinematic structures, physical conditions, and chemical abundances of planetary nebulae around Wolf-Rayet stars. I conducted 3-D photoionization and morpho-kinematic modeling of planetary nebulae, and determined their 3-D kinematic and ionization structures .

For my MSc project at the Queen’s University Belfast, I investigated nonlinear dynamics of electron-acoustic waves in plasmas with suprathermal electrons. I also studied the effects of electron beams and mobile positrons (or electron holes) in plasmas containing suprathermal electrons. I employed pseudopotential approaches to find how existence domains of electrostatic solitary waves depend on various physical conditions.

In addition, I was an early-stage researcher at University of Craiova supported by Marie Curie FP6 actions. My research focused on general relativity and quantum field theory. I studied BRST symmtry in quantum field theory and gauge coupling between the dual gravity and a topological BF model in D=5 spacetime. Moreover, I carried out research on cosmological perturbations in general relativity using the 1+3 covariant approach in D=4 spacetime.