Bay Area, California Sunset

Luke Zoltan Kelley


Follow @lzkelley


LZK photo

I am a CIERA & Lindheimer post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). I completed my PhD with Prof. Lars Hernquist in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University. My interests are at the interface of high-energy transients and galaxy-evolution. Most of my work is focused on massive black-hole binaries and their electromagnetic and gravitational wave signals. I also study stellar-mass, compact binary systems (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes); large data sets; and massive black-hole formation, growth, and feedback.

Papers [ADS]

Mouse-Over for abridged abstracts.

Non-refereed & Collaboration Papers:


Northwestern University CIERA Lindheimer Fellow 2018—
Harvard University PhD Massive Black-Hole Binaries
Prof. Lars Hernquist & Laura Blecha
MS Black-Hole Jets and Tidal Disruption Events
Prof. Ramesh Narayan & Alexander Tchekhovskoy
UC Santa Cruz Junior Specialist Electromagnetic Triggers for LIGO
Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz & Ilya Mandel
BS, with Honors Physics (Astronomy & Astrophysics)
Compact Binaries as Gravitational Wave Sources
Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz & Ilya Mandel
Research Assistant Particle Collider Simulations
Prof. Bruce Schumm
BS, with Honors Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental) 2005—2010


Laura Blecha University of Florida
Maria Charisi Caltech
Claude-André Faucher-Giguère Northwestern University
Wen-fai Fong Northwestern University
Jonathan Gair The University Of Edinburgh
James Guillochon Berkshire Grey
Zoltán Haiman Columbia University
Lars Hernquist Harvard University
Vicky Kalogera Northwestern University
Bence Kocsis Eötvös University
Ilya Mandel University of Birmingham
Brian Metzger Columbia University
Ramesh Narayan Harvard University
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz University of California, Santa Cruz
Alberto Sesana University of Birmingham
Joseph Simon JPL
Stephen Taylor Caltech
Alexander Tchekhovskoy Northwestern University



Mike Zevin Northwestern University (primary advisor: Prof. Vicky Kalogera)
Michael Bueno Northwestern University (primary advisor: Prof. Shane Larson)
Michael Katz Northwestern University (primary advisor: Prof. Shane Larson)
Mohammad Sayeb University of Florida (primary advisor: Prof. Laura Blecha)
Magdalena Siwek Harvard University (primary advisor: Prof. Lars Hernquist)


Sophia Taylor University of Washington (Northwestern University, Research Experience for Undergraduates)
Tenley Hutchinson Spelman College (Harvard University, Banneker & Aztlán Institutes)

Interests & Buzzwords:

Astrophysics, Transients, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes, Binaries, Tidal Disruptions, Compact Binaries, Gamma Ray Bursts, Supernovae, Pulsar Timing Arrays, NANOGrav, LIGO, Open source, Public data, Equity & Diversity, Education & Outreach