Jonathan Zrake
914 Pupin Hall
Columbia University
538 W. 120th St
New York, NY 10027
jjz2125@columbia.edu

About me

I am a postdoctoral research scientist in the physics department at Columbia University. I did my doctoral work with Andrew MacFadyen from 2007 — 2013 at New York University, and was a Kavli Fellow at Stanford University and SLAC from 2013 — 2017.

I do reseach in high energy astrophysics — which deals with observing and interpreting the universe in its most extreme environments. My favorite topics are gamma-ray bursts, relativistic jets, pulsar wind nebulae, binary neutron star mergers, and circumbinary black-hole accretion disks.

Most of my work involves developing, and running, computer software to simulate these environments. I advocate that researchers should borrow techniques from computer scientists (namely functional programming enabled by modern C++) to produce correct scientific algorithms.