David Levitan

California Institute of Technology
E-mail: dlevitan [at] astro.caltech.edu

At the summit of Mauna Kea, with the Keck
and Subaru Telescopes in the background

From 2007 through 2013 I was a PhD student working with Professors Tom Prince and Shri Kulkarni at the California Institute of Technology. My thesis focused on AM CVn ultra-compact binaries and my search for them using synoptic surveys. More recently, I have applied my skills to data science at Microsoft. I am continuing to work on several topics in astrophysics, and helping out with the Palomar Transient Factory project.

From a scientific point of view, I am primarily interested in the study of compact binaries, particularly AM CVn systems. From more of a technical point of view, I am interested in large-area synoptic surveys and the classification of sources therein. My thesis is the discovery and study of the AM CVn system population using the Palomar Transient Factory. More information can be found on the other pages of my site.

For my papers, please look at ADS and astro-ph.