Arun Kannawadi


Arun Kannawadi

Assistant Research Professor of Physics, Duke University

Arun Kannawadi

I am one of the faculty in the Duke Cosmology group, comprised of Profs. Dan Scolnic, Michael Troxel, Eve Vavagiakis (incoming 2024), and Chris Walter, where we work on multiple astronomical experiments covering a broad range of scientific and technical work. My research focuses on improving the technique of weak gravitational lensing, so we can understand dark energy (and dark matter) better. To achieve this, I work within the LSST Science Pipelines team and as an LSST DESC Pipeline Scientist to research and develop image processing and, photometry and shear measurement pipelines.

As a result, I am familiar with the workings of both the Rubin Observatory project and DESC and can guide my mentees to grow and gain visibility in either of these organizations. I am also a mentor in the DESC mentorship program and served as a mentor to students at my past institutions. My commitment to my mentees is to help them plan and execute projects to achieve their career goals set for themselves. LSST-DA Fellows at Duke University can also get involved in the Rubin commissioning activities along with Prof. Walter, and have the opportunity of visiting the observatory in Chile. They are also encouraged to interact with other members of the group depending on their scientific interests. In addition to my involvement in the Rubin ecosystem, I am also a member of the NASA OpenUniverse initiative, generating shared resources (typically image simulations) that can be utilized by multiple experiments. 

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