Eric G. Blackman's Home Page
Eric G. Blackman
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Eric G. Blackman
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY, 14627-0171, USA
Office Phone: (1)585-275-0537
Office Fax: (1)585-273-2813
Office: Bausch and Lomb Building, Room 417
Postdoctoral Fellowships: Caltech (1998-1999); Cambridge (1995-1998)
PhD.: (Theoretical Astrophysics) Harvard (1995)
C.A.S.M. (Part III Applied Maths. Tripos): Cambridge (1991)
S.B.: (Physics); S.B. (Mathematics) MIT
Selected Research Interests
My research interests span a broad
range of problems in theoretical astrophysics.
Plasma astrophysics has been an underlying theme in much of my recent research
because many fascinating astrophysical sources
contain highly conducting magnetized plasma. For example,
observations of the interplanetary medium, the sun, stars, galaxies,
active galactic nuclei (AGN), and planetary nebualae,
indicate that magnetized plasmas are important to
the dynamics and/or the emission in these systems.
Some of my recent activities can be divided in three categories:
1. EJECTORS, ACCRETORS, BURSTERS, AND FLARES
This category of projects is devoted to understanding high energy accreting or jetted
astrophysical sources such as
active galactic nuclei (AGN), Galactic microquasars,
gamma-ray bursts (GRB), solar flares, and planetary nebulae.
These sources are magnetized,
exhibit outflows and efficient particle acceleration, and require turbulence.
The physics of particle acceleration, accretion disks, and high energy plasmas
are important for these studies.
2. ORIGIN AND DYNAMICS OF MAGNETIC FIELDS
This category of projects focues on a rigorous understanding of the
the orgin and dynamics of astrophysical magnetic fields
and the associated MHD turbulence.
Magnetic fields are not only fundamental for their dynamical
role as an intermediary
between gravitational energy and radiation in many sources, but are
observable astrophysical entities themselves, detected by a variety of
See the following
(from ApJ 584 L99 (2003). )
which encapsulates some
recent progress (e.g. Phys. Rev. Lett., 89, 265007 (2002))
of how magnetic dynamos conserve magnetic helicity.
Some of the underlying MHD physics also has application
to magnetic pinch configurations in laboratory plasma configurations
of fusion devices. I am now directing attention toward
3. FORMATION OF ASTROPHYSICAL OBJECTS
Recently, I have been involved in projects in planet formation and
Some places where I've enjoyed productive time
Research Collaborators affiliated with U. Rochester as Students or Postdocs
as Undergraduate Students
Sean Hartnoll (U. Rochester summer
REU 00; BA 00, CASM 01, PhD 04 Cambridge U.; postdocs Cambridge U. + KITP (UCSB)Harvard, 2004-)
Bob Penna (U. Rochester 2007;
Cambridge Univ (Part III) 2008, Harvard 2008- )
Wen-Fei Fong (U. Rochester summer REU 05; MIT class of 2008; Harvard 2008-)
Ryan Pettibone (U. Rochester summer REU 07; U. Rochester class of 2008; Caltech 2008- )
Lauren Weiss (U. Rochester summer REU 07; Harvard class of 2010)
Bill Wolf (summer REU 2009; Eastern Illinois Univ., class of 2010; UCSB 2010- )
as Graduate Students
(MSc,MPhil 2008, Quaid-I-azam University (Pakistan), UR 2009- )
(MS 2008, Pohang Univ. Of Sci. & Tech. (South Korea), UR 2006-)
(MS 2008, Hanyang University (South Korea), UR 2006-)
(BS Cornell; Phd U. Rochester 2008; postdoc NORDITA 2008-)
Jason Nordhaus (BS, U. Rochester; Phd U. Rochester 2008; postdoc Princeton 2008-)
(PhD U. Rochester 07; Assistant Professor, Buffalo State 2009- )
as Postdoctoral Scholars
(PhD Cambridge; U. Rochester Sept. 05-08; Harvard Univ. 08-)
(PhD Caltech; U. Rochester 02-04; American Museum of Natural History/Columbia U. 04-)
Gunnar Paesold (PhD ETH Zurich; U. Rochester 03-05; Patent Attorney (Bern/Zurich, Switzerland) 05-)
(PhD U. Arizona/Los Alamos; U. Rochester 01-04; U. Wisconsin 04-08;)
(PhD CEA/Saclay; U. Rochester 02- ; CNRS Charge de Recherche (permanent research position, Observatoire de Grenoble France) 2005-)
as Visiting Scientist Affiliates
(PhD Caltech; UR Vis. Scientist in absentia (at UBC) 05-06; Assistant Prof. Purdue 2006-)
Insight the Parrot
Video clips of Insight, my african grey parrot friend (hatchdate: 29 Jun 2006):
Pictures of Insight
Audio recording of Insight
speaking for 25 minutes
on his play gym alone in the kitchen early in the morning (August 2009).
(video showing him at his play gym
on another ocassion to show his location)
comments and transcript of the first half.
NEW KITCHEN WEBCAM
Live (video + audio) showing Insight's feeding area.
He may or may not be there as he is free to fly around the house.
Music (Mostly Doo-wop)
The playists below include ~1000 selections from YouTube of mostly 1950s and 1960s doo-wop (with some Jazz and newer R&B mixed in, mainly in volume 1). I've largely avoided the most famous commonly played selections and have aimed for more obscure gems. I've liked doowop since I was a small child. It's primarily vocal music, originating from a cappella groups on street corners in urban communities where the voices were the instruments. Thus the vocal harmonies are often more subtle and sophisticated than the accompanying background music.
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