Webpage of Brian Metzger

    Brian Metzger


    Columbia University
    Department of Physics
    909 Pupin Hall
    New York, NY 10027, USA


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Columbia University.

My Ph.D. was completed in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Professor Eliot Quataert.

Click here for my CV and publication list.


I am interested in a broad range of topics in theoretical astrophysics, with a focus on high energy and stellar astrophysics. A unifying theme of my current research is a connection to transient (or 'time domain') phenomenon. This is motivated by many sensitive, wide-field telescopes coming online in the next decade across the electromagnetic spectrum. I am also excited by the scientific potential of the upcoming generation of gravitational wave interferometers, such as Advanced LIGO, and the promise for a future era of "gravitational wave astronomy".

Here is a list of past research projects with links to further details (under construction).

My primary collaborators include:
Almudena Arcones (Darmstadt), Jon Arons (Berkeley), Andrei Beloborodov (Columbia), Edo Berger (Harvard), Josh Bloom (Berkeley), Niccolo Bucciantini (INAF), Laura Chomiuk (Michigan State), Rodrigo Fernandez (Alberta), Dimitrios Giannios (Purdue), Daniel Kasen (Berkeley), Gabriel Martinez-Pinedo (Darmstadt), Pere Mimica (Valencia), Ondrej Pejcha (Princeton), Daniel Perley (DARK), Tony Piro (Carnegie), Roman Rafikov (Cambridge), Jeno Sokoloski (Columbia), Nicholas Stone (Columbia), Todd Thompson (OSU), Wen-Fai Fong (Arizona),

Publications and Thesis

My list of publications can be found on astro-ph or the Astrophysics Data System (ADS).

My Ph.D. thesis, titled "Theoretical Models of Gamma-Ray Burst Central Engines," can be found here. My dissertation was awarded the Dissertation Prize by the High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society. In 2014, I was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

Students and Postdocs

Graduate & Undergraduate: I am happy to talk with interested students at any time.

Previous Undergraduate Students: Justin Ripley (CU'14, now at Princeton)

Current Undergraduate Students: Aaron Kennon (CU'17, with Nicholas Stone), Charles Zivancev (CU)

Previous Graduate Students: Konstantin Bochkarev (Princeton), Siva Darbha (Berkeley)

Current Graduate Students: Andrea Derdzinski, Aleksey Generozov, Ben Margalit, Andrey Vlasov

Current Postdoctoral Researchers: Nicholas Stone (Einstein Fellow), Daniel Siegel (Einstein Fellow)

Review Articles

    To get a sense of my research, please check out these reviews:
  1. "Electromagnetic Signatures of Neutron Star Mergers in the Advanced LIGO Era, " Fernandez, R, Metzger, B.D., 2016, Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, Volume 66
  2. "Gamma-Ray Burst Central Engines: Black Hole Vs. Magnetar"Metzger, B.D., 2010, Invited Review; Frank N. Bash Symposium 2009: New Horizons in Astronomy (Austin, TX; October 2009)
  3. "Observational Signatures of the Accretion-Induced Collapse of White Dwarfs"Metzger, B.D., Piro, A.L., Quataert, E., Thompson, T.A., 2009, Proceedings of Neutron Stars & Gamma-Ray Bursts (Cairo/Alexandria, Egypt; April 2009)
  4. "Are Gamma-Ray Burst Outflows Neutron-Rich?" Metzger, B.D., Thompson, T.A., & Quataert, E. 2008, Proceedings of "Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007" in Santa Fe, NM
  5. "Proto-Neutron Star Winds, Magnetar Birth, and Gamma-Ray Bursts" Metzger, B.D., Quataert, E., & Thompson, T.A. 2007, American Institute of Physics Conference Series, 937, 521

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I was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, along the Mississippi river. If you are in the area, check out the Southeastern Iowa Astronomy Club and the Witte Observatory. While at Berkeley, I was captain of the Physics Department basketball team "Net Force". I play the alto saxophone and enjoy following politics.