You've reached the website of Nicholas Stone, a postdoctoral Einstein Fellow in the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory. Since arriving here in the fall of 2013, I have worked closely with Brian Metzger, Jeremiah Ostriker, Zoltan Haiman, Andreas Kuepper, and Aleksey Generozov. Outside of Columbia, my primary collaborators are Abraham Loeb, Kimitake Hayasaki, Nathan Leigh, Sjoert van Velzen, and Roman Rafikov.
My thesis, which was published as a standalone resource by Springer, focused on the tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes. These rare transients are among the brightest sources of optical, UV, and X-ray radiation in the universe, and remain a major focus of my research. Three other research areas I focus on are collisional stellar dynamics, the electromagnetic and gravitational wave signals emitted from compact object (neutron star or black hole) mergers, and the dynamics of exotic exoplanetary systems, such as the relic planetary systems found around white dwarf stars, or the mysterious behavior of "Tabby's Star". Please click on the "Research" tab if you would like to learn more.