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Stella Koch Ocker

Astronomy & Space Sciences

Stella Koch Ocker

Overview

I received a B.A. with High Honors in Physics from Oberlin College in 2018. My undergraduate research focused on the scintillation of signals from pulsars, extremely dense, highly magnetized neutron stars with radio wave beams that sweep across the sky. At Cornell I work with Professor Jim Cordes on pulsars, fast radio bursts, and the interstellar medium (ISM). My interests range from using pulsars to model the distribution and turbulent behavior of plasma in the ISM to characterizing the host environments and intergalactic medium through which extragalactic radio bursts propagate. As part of the Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), we apply our knowledge of pulsar scattering and dispersion to the effort to detect gravitational waves with pulsar timing at nanosecond precision.

Departments/Programs

  • Astronomy

Research

Advisor: 1st Year Committee