Rachel E. Harrison
I am a second-year graduate student working with Professor Leslie Looney on sources of polarization in early protostellar disks.
- Dust polarization in protostellar disks
- Magnetic fields around protostars
- Radio interferometry
I study sources of dust continuum polarization in protostellar disks. By using multi-wavelength observations and comparing the observed polarization morphologies to models produced by our theorist collaborators, I plan to probe the contributions of different mechanisms to the overall polarization. In particular, I am interested in isolating the contribution of grain alignment with the disk’s magnetic field. Characterizing the magnetic field is essential to investigating how magnetic fields affect disk development.
- B.S., Physics, Brandeis University, 2015