My name is Jesus (Jesse) Rivera and I am an aspiring astrophysicist.

I am a PhD candidate at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey. I work with Dr. Andrew Baker and currently research Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies.

I previously attended The University of Texas at Brownsville for my undergraduate studies where I worked with Dr. Fredrick Jenet in the detection of gravitational waves using pulsars.


Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies

My current research involves the study of a sample of Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies (DSFGs) detected with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in a 470 degree^2 survey. I recently reduced high resolution radio continuum follow-up observations on these DSFGs taken with the Very Large Array (VLA) at 5 GHz. The next step of this project is to calculate the redshifts of these sources with spectral line follow-up observations and calculate the masses (and it's components) of these sources. These sources are expected to be gravitationally lensed, which allows us to probe deeper into cosmic time. Since these sources are strongly lensed and have a very high star-formation rates (up to 1000s of solar masses/year!), the investigation of these sources can be paramount in the study of the cosmic star formation history of the Universe.


Publications submitted or in preparation:

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I may be contacted at jrivera*at*physics.rutgers.edu


I may also be found in my office at Rutgers in the Allison Room Classroom (ARC) building in room 220.

About Me

I like to visit and observe with telescopes. While haven't visited as many as I like, it will be something I will continue doing. Below are some pictures that I have taken at telescopes (I also like messing with some minor photography). In my spare time I like to play guitar, play soccer, cycle, and run.