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Urbana IL 61801
Colin is a second-year graduate student in astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a graduate fellow at the Center for Astrophysical Surveys at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and an associate member of the LSST AGN science collaboration.
Active Galactic Nuclei
Colin is currently working with Professor Xin Liu. Our goal is to understand how supermassive black holes formed and came to occupy nearly every massive galaxy in the Universe. Currently, I am using optical surveys, like the Dark Energy Survey, to search for intermediate mass black holes in active galactic nuclei.
In the near future, we will use the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to carry out a similar mission with unprecedented scale and sensitivity.
B.S. Physics, Purdue University
Awards and Honors
Burke, C. J, Y. Shen, Y.-C. Chen, S. Scargini, C. A. Faucher-Giguere, X. Liu, and Q. Yang. "Optical Variability of the Dwarf AGN NGC 4395 from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite." Submitted, 2020.
Guo, H, C. J. Burke, X. Liu, and et. al. "Dark Energy Survey Identification of A Low-Mass Active Galactic Nucleus at Redshift 0.823 from Optical Variability." submitted, 2020.
Burke, C. J, and et. al. "The Curious Case of PHL 293B: A Long-Lived Transient in a Metal-Poor Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy." Submitted, 2020.
Burke, C. J, P. D. Aleo, Y.-C. Chen, X. Liu, J. R. Peterson, G. H. Sembroski, and J. Y.-Y. Lin. "Deblending and Classifying Astronomical Sources with Mask R-CNN Deep Learning." MNRAS, vol. 490, no. 3, 2019, p. 3952.
Burke, C. J, J. R. Peterson, E. Egami, J. M. Leisenring, G. H. Sembroski, and M. J. Rieke. "PhoSim-NIRCam: Photon-by-photon image simulations of the James Webb Space Telescope's Near-Infrared Camera." JATIS, vol. 5, no. 3, 2019.
Peterson, J. R, E. Peng, C. J. Burke, G. H. Sembroski, and J. Cheng. "Deformation of Optics for Photon Monte Carlo Simulations." ApJ, vol. 873, 2019.