Adrienne F Ertel

 Adrienne Ertel

Contact Information

234 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL
MC 221

Office Hours

  • T Th: 1-2 pm
Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Near-Earth supernovae
  • Magnetized supernova remnants
  • ISM dust

Research Description

I study near-Earth supernovae, i.e. supernovae which occur withing 10 - 300 pc of Earth (anything closer puts Earth in the "kill zone", which means we would not be around to study it).  Currently, we have evidence of two near-Earth supernovae that have happened over the last 10 million years - the data for which comes from a radioactive isotope (60Fe, t1/2 = 2.6 Myr) found in ocean sediment cores!  

As of Spring 2018, I am working with Professor Brian Fields on modeling interactions between supernovae-produced dust and magnetized supernovae remnants.  This is of particular interest, since this dust is what delivers the 60Fe to Earth, and is therefore directly linked to the actual data.    

Education

  • B.S., Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz, 2014