Introduction I am an astrophysicist and recent graduate from the department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago (PhD 2014, advisor Joshua A. Frieman), with a passion for astronomy, science communication and data visualization.

For my professional website please visit alanzablocki.com.

My research My PhD thesis work involves analysis of very large data sets from galaxy surveys to constrain aspects of fundamental physics, such as the nature of dark energy and the masses of neutrinos. In particular, I am studying how the measurements of the spatial clustering of galaxies on the sky can be used to determine neutrino masses. My research involves numerical computation, data analysis and uses sophisticated statistical methods (Bayesian statistics, Monte Carlo techniques). I am interested in Cosmology and General Relativity, and more specifically in:

  • Neutrino effects on Structure Formation
  • Lossless data compression algorithms
  • CMB Physics
  • Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • Primordial Gravitational Waves as signatures of Inflation
  • Cosmic Reionisation in the 21cm