The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Dr. Esra Bulbul earned her Ph.D. degree in physics from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center/UAH in 2010. She held a Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory postdoctoral fellow position at the Harvard-Smithsonian center for Astrophysics between 2010-2015. Dr. Bulbul's research lies at the crossroads of astrophysics, cosmology, and particle physics. In particular, it has centered on indirect searches of dark matter particle through its decay or annihilation in the X-ray band. She utilizes X-ray data from XMM-Newton, Chandra, and Suzaku X-ray satellites and radio data from CARMA/SZA and the South Pole Telescope. She is currently an active member of the Astro-H calibration team (scheduled to launch in 2016) and a NASA endorsed member of the science working group for the European Athena X-ray telescope (scheduled to launch in 2027).
High Energy Astrophysics, Astroparticle physics, Cosmology, Radio astronomy, Suzaku, Chandra, XMM-Newton