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Armin Rest

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard University


I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics at Harvard University. My research interest is primarily in observational cosmology, with a particular emphasis on detection and analysis of rare transient events.  I have been one of the leaders of the SuperMACHO and ESSENCE projects, two time-domain surveys that investigate dark matter and dark energy, respectively. Currently, my focus is shifting toward PanSTARRS, the next big wide-field, time-domain survey. I'm also following up galaxy cluster candidates detected by the South Pole Telescope via the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. Last but not least, I have lead a group investigating light echoes of ancient and historic supernovae.

Previously, I was a Goldberg Fellow at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). For the first four years (2003-2007), I was located at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) in La Serena, Chile. The last year of my fellowship (2007-2008) I spent at Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar, where I have been since as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

I received my Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington in 2002, with my thesis ("Galactic Structure, Near and Far") focused on the efficiency analysis of the SuperMACHO project, and the cores of early-type galaxies.

In 1995, I came to the USA as an Baden-Wuerttemberg - Oregon exchange student at the Physics Department of Portland State University, where I received my M.S. in physics in 1996

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