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. Over the past couple of years, we have observed these DSFGs with various telescopes such as the Green Bank Telescope (GBT; now GBO), NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA), Vere Large Array (VLA), and the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter Astronomy (CARMA; no longer in commission), and the Submillimeter Array (SMA) to study their physical properties primarily using carbon monoxide (CO) lines. DSFGs have very high star-formation rates (up to 1000s of solar masses/year!) and our targets are expected to be comprised of gravitationally lensed targets. As a result, the investigation of our high-z sample can be paramount in the study of the cosmic star formation history of the Univese.


Publications submitted or in preparation:

Refereed Publications:



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'm a huge fan of telescope and like to visit and play with them whenever I get a chance. My research has taken many of them, but I still hope to visit many more . Below are some pictures that I have taken at telescopes (I also like messing with some minor photography). In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, playing soccer, cycling (Rutgers Cycling Club; extra shout-out to cyclocross fans), and running. I also consider myself an enthusiast photographer.