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Eve Armstrong

Department of Physics


Advisor: Rick Rothschild
Email: earmstrong@physics.ucsd.edu
Office: SERF 419
Phone: (646) 269-9941


Biography

  • B.S. Astrophysics: Columbia University (2002)
  • M.S. Physics: UCSD (2006)
  • Co-founder/ co-artistic director: Reality Aside Theatre, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 (2007-present)
  • Instructor: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, NY (2009-present)

Research Interests

Photometry of ultra-compact cataclysmic variable stars. These are helium-rich white dwarf binaries with orbital periods shorter than about an hour. The secondaries in these systems are probably at least partially degenerate, and the systems are evolving toward shorter period via angular momentum losses from gravitational wave radiation. Just 26 such systems are known, and we are working to discriminate among possible - and unlikely - birth channels. It appears that these systems have survived two common envelope phases, yet simulations have thus far failed to reproduce such an unlikely duo of events.