Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College
Jamie Law-Smith’s interests are in high-energy astrophysics theory and high-energy physics theory. In the broadest sense, his research program is to create basic astrophysical models, build basic physics understanding, and connect them in a new way. Particular foci include tidal disruptions of stars by black holes, the formation of gravitational wave sources, the structure of active galactic nucleus disks with embedded stars, the host galaxies of high-energy astrophysical phenomena, vacuum decay, de Sitter space in string theory, black holes and de Sitter matrix theory, and connecting string theory to astrophysics.
He received an AB in physics and astrophysics from Harvard University and a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was a fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Center for Astrophysics, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard College Observatory.