My name is Matt, and I am an Assistant Professor of Physics at Illinois State University. I study astromaterials, the solids that form inside dead stars. I also work as a science writer and scientific consultant for educational media.
Stars freeze. At the end of their lives stars cool and contract forming white dwarfs and neutron stars. In these extremely dense environments nuclei can be packed so closely that they freeze solid, forming materials many trillions of times denser than anything on earth. Dr. Caplan uses large scale computer simulations to study astromaterials and calculate their physical properties to interpret astronomical observations of dead stars.
The important stuff.
|2017||Ph.D. in Physcs||Indiana University|
|2014||M.S in Physics||Indiana University|
|2013||B.S in Physics||University of Virginia|
|2017||Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics||American Physical Society|
|2017||Outstanding Educator Award||University of Chicago|
|2017||Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship||CITA|
|2017||Earl Sturdevant Fellowship||Indiana University|
|2015||Brian D. Serot Fellowship
for Nuclear Theory
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Department of Physics
Campus Box 4560
Normal, IL 61790-4560