Hey! You've found Aaron!

I am a trainee astronomer at Rutgers University

I am a second-year graduate student currently pursuing my Ph.D. degree in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I am currently working with Prof. Rachel Somerville on understanding the feedback effects of cosmic reionization on early star-forming galaxies. If you have heard of SAMURAI and are curious to learn about it, Here.

Scientific Interest

My scientific interests mainly lie in the formation of galaxies at ultrahigh redshifts and their influences on cosmic reionization. Currently, I am using the well-established Santa Cruz semi-analytic model (SAM) to study the formation and evolution of galaxies, with special focus on the merger histroies and their interplay with the cosmological environement. We are currently preparing a series of predictions for the upcoming JWST observations. Stay tuned for our results!


Current Semester

I am currently taking a break from teaching! ;-)

Past Semesters

Physics 327: Modern Instrumentation - Spring 2016
Physics 275: Classical Physics Lab - Fall 2015
Physics 230: Analytical Physics II Lab - Spring 2015
Physics 227: Analytical Physics II - Fall 2014


President, Graduate Student Organization (GSO) for Physics and Astronomy, 2015-2016


Ph.D. Physics, Rutgers University, expected 2020
B.S. Physics and Mathematics, University of San Francisco, 2014

Click here for a copy of my full CV

Contact Me

You may reach me at: yung AT physics.rutgers.edu

My current temporal coordinates:
Spring 2018 Office Hour: By Appointment

My current spatial coordinates:
Serin Physics Building, Room 331
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Regular Camper at the CCA

Short Bio

I was born and raised in Hong Kong. In 2007, I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with my family and attended Roosevelt High School (Go Rough Riders!). After that, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from the University of San Francisco in California (Go Dons!). Immediately after that, I joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University for graduate study in Astrophysics.

Use of Name

In my pre-2016 career, I was known as Long Yan Yung, which is phonetically translated from the chinese part of my name 容朗殷 by its pronunciation in cantonese. Despite its chinese origin, such translation differs from the two mainstream phonetic schemes established in China and Taiwan, both of which are based on the mandarin varient of the chinese languages. To elimintate liguistic confusion, I now go by Aaron, as it is always a part of my full name, and I can be uniquely identified with the initial L.Y.