I'm a fourth year graduate student in the department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Harvard University. My research interests surround a wide variety of high-energy transients---short-lived astronomical events, usually in distant galaxies. Most of my work has been theoretical, concerning Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs) --- in which stars are ripped apart by massive black holes in the centers of galaxies, and LIGO gravitational wave progenitors --- binaries systems of neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes. I've recently begun working with Lars Hernquist and his group, working with data from the 'Illustris' cosmological simulations. Currently, we are exploring the massive blackhole (MBH) population in these simulations.
Feel free to contact me via e-mail:
LKelley [@/at] cfa.harvard.edu
Tidal Disruption and Magnetic Flux Capture: powering a jet from a quiescent black hole
Luke Zoltan Kelley, Alexander Tchekhovskoy, Ramesh Narayan. Oct, 2014
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 445, 4. arXiv:1410.0366
Swift J1644+57 gone MAD: the case for dynamically-important magnetic flux threading the black hole in a jetted tidal disruption event
Alexander Tchekhovskoy, Brian Metzger, Dimitrios Giannios, Luke Zoltan Kelley. Jan, 2014
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437, 3. arXiv:1301.1982
Electromagnetic transients as triggers in searches for gravitational waves from compact binary mergers
Luke Zoltan Kelley, Ilya Mandel, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Jun, 2013
Physical Review D, 87, 12. arXiv1209.3027
The Distribution of Coalescing Compact Binaries in the Local Universe: Prospects for Gravitational-wave Observations
Luke Zoltan Kelley, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Marcel Zemp, Juerg Diemand, Ilya Mandel. Dec, 2010
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 725, L91. arXiv:1011.1256
Interests: Transients, Tidal Disruptions, Gravitational Waves, Compact Binaries, Gamma Ray Bursts, Supernovae.