Researcher

Dr Ashley Jade Ruiter

My Expertise

Supernovae and stellar transients, Galactic sources of gravitational waves (e.g. double white dwarfs), stellar populations involving interacting binary stars. 

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

In 2017 I was awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council in the School of Science at the University of New South Wales Canberra. I’m working on connecting different types of thermonuclear explosions to their progenitor stars (e.g. age of star when it exploded, how massive it was, what its companion star looked like). More information is available on my personal webpage. 

From April 2014 - Oct 2017 I was a postdoctoral...view more

In 2017 I was awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council in the School of Science at the University of New South Wales Canberra. I’m working on connecting different types of thermonuclear explosions to their progenitor stars (e.g. age of star when it exploded, how massive it was, what its companion star looked like). More information is available on my personal webpage. 

From April 2014 - Oct 2017 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Mount Stromlo) in the group of Brian Schmidt at the Australian National University. 
Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in the supernova group of Wolfgang Hillebrandt in Garching, Germany (Sept 2009 - April 2014).
I received my PhD in 2009 from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, under the supervision of K. Belczynski. I spent the last year of my PhD at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass, USA, in J. Grindlay’s high energy group. 
Pre-PhD, I received my Masters from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (2005), and my Bachelors degree from York University in Toronto, Canada (2002). 

I am currently the stream coordinator for Physics & Oceanography in the School of Science, and I teach 50% of the Astrophysics course ZPEM 2509 (S2). 


My Qualifications

PhD 2009 USA, MSc 2005 Canada, BSc (Hon) 2002 Canada


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

PhD, Masters, and undergraduate research projects in Astrophysics (observations and/or theory): 

-thermonuclear (Type Ia) supernova progenitors and related stellar transients, including predictions for the Vera Rubin Observatory

-LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) gravitational wave sources of stellar origin in our Galaxy 

-interacting binary star populations (accreting white dwarf stars)


My Teaching

I currently teach half of the 2nd year Astrophysics course for Physics majors at UNSW Canberra, ZPEM 2509. 

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Location

SSCI South (Building 26)

Contact

0262688695