Ray S Sharma

Astrophysics PhD student

About Me

I am an astrophysics PhD student at Rutgers University working with Dr Alyson Brooks. My primary research interests are using cosmological hydrodynamical simulations to study the connection between the evolution of both galaxies and the massive black holes often found at their centers.

I use high resolution cosmological simulations to understand how massive black holes may form, grow, and (directly or indirectly) affect the population of dwarf galaxies we see today. This work is done in collaboration with the N-Body Shop.

I also study triggers of supermassive black hole activity in cosmological zoom simulations. Generating mock images of simulated galaxies allows me to characterize how observational biases may affect conclusions for observers versus what we find in the simulation.

Finally, I have an interest in applications of machine learning and new computing techniques in astronomy.


My authored and co-authored papers can be found on ADS. Below are some select papers:

R. Sharma, A. Brooks, R. Somerville, et al., 2020, Black Hole Growth and Feedback in Isolated Romulus25 Dwarf Galaxies

A. Wright, M. Tremmel, F. Munshi, D. Nagai, R. Sharma, T. Quinn, 2020, The Formation of Isolated Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies in Romulus25

D. Narayanan, M. Turk, T. Robitaille, A. Kelly, M. Connor, R. Sharma, et al., 2020, Powderday: Dust Radiative Transfer for Galaxy Simulations


All of my original projects and contributions to other projects can be found on Github.
I will post highlights here from time to time!

crime-activity-seattle - An analysis of police records within Seattle city limits.
code-violations-seattle - A followup analysis of violations of Seattle city ordinances.
gobbler - Thanksgiving-themed image scraper.
FVTT - My various contributions to the Foundry Virtual Tabletop commercial software.


My favorite presentation slides can be found on Speakerdeck.