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Craig Heinke

Associate Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
University of Alberta
CCIS 4-183
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1

phone: (780) 248-1432
email: heinke $at$ ualberta.ca
fax: (780) 492-0714
Office: CCIS 2-109 (2nd floor, north)

Group Members

Postdocs
Dr. Nathan Leigh
Ph.D. McMaster U., 2011
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at U of A
Research on star clusters

Dr. Jeanette Gladstone
Ph.D. Durham U., 2009
Avadh Bhatia Fellow at U of A
Research on ultraluminous X-ray sources

Grad Students
Khaled Elshamouty
Master's 2012, PhD student
Research on neutron stars in supernova remnants

Arash Bahramian
Started 2011, PhD student
Research on globular clusters

Mizan Chowdhury
Master's thesis completed 2011
Identified candidate neutron stars in nearby galaxy, the SMC
Ph.D. student, geophysics

Undergraduates
Courtney Parr
Phys 499 winter 2013

Robert Pavelich
Phys 499 fall 2013

Eric Koch
Summer research 2013

N. Thomas Denman
Phys 499 winter 2013.
Now starting master's in astrophysics at U. Toronto

Samuel Rowe
Research fall 2012, Phys 499 winter 2013

Robin Arnason
Phys 499 fall 2012. Now doing master's with Dr. Sivakoff.

Tyler Naffin
Phys 499 fall 2012

Lindsay Forestell
Summer research 2012, 2013
Starting master's at UBC(?) in fall 2014

Andrei Catuneanu
Phys 499 winter 2012, summer research 2012, 2013
Finished master's at Perimeter Institute, now starting Ph.D. at Toronto

Siobhan Crothers
Phys 499 winter 2012

James Sikora
Phys 499 winter 2012
Doing master's at Queen's U. in astrophysics with Prof. Wade

Will Stacey
Summer research 2010, 2011
Phys 499 fall 2011
Now at Waterloo University, doing Ph.D. in quantum computing

Megan Engel
Summer research 2011, 2012
Earned master's in biophysics at U of A; now taking Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford. See also The Last Alliance.

Taylor Cartwright
Summer research 2011
Phys 499 fall 2010
Completed master's at International Space University, Strasbourg, France

Johannes J. Berger
Phys 499 winter 2011, published

Rhys Chouinard
Phys 499 winter 2010
Completed master's at U of A in particle physics; now corporate analyst for City of St. Albert

Sonia Budac
Phys 499 winter 2010
Summer research 2009
Now at Bioware

Clifton Price
Phys 499 fall 2009
Summer research 2009

George Coomber
Summer research 2009
Research fall 2009
Phys 499 winter 2009
Now doing a second degree in CS at U of A

Semyon Chaichenets
Summer research 2009
Now working for AICT, U of Alberta

Group news

May 2014: Eric Koch's first-author paper (with Arash as 2nd author) on a very-faint X-ray transient near the Galactic center is accepted for MNRAS; Koch et al. 2014, "The 2013 outburst of a transient very faint X-ray binary, 23\" from Sgr A*".

March 2014: Arash's first-author paper identifying a symbiotic X-ray binary is accepted; Bahramian et al. 2014, "Revealing a new symbiotic X-ray binary with Gemini NIFS".

March 2014: Lindsay's first-author paper on millisecond pulsars has been accepted; Forestell et al. 2014, "A Chandra Look at the X-ray Faint Millisecond Pulsars in the Globular Cluster NGC 6752".

December 2013: Craig contributed to a paper identifying the progenitors of AM CVn stars, Kilic et al. 2014, "Found: The Progenitors of AM CVn and Supernovae .Ia". We publicized this result via the Chandra website, and a physics department news story.

November 2013: Arash has two papers on X-ray transients in globular clusters accepted; Bahramian et al. 2013, "Discovery of the Third Transient X-ray Binary in the Galactic Globular Cluster Terzan 5" and Linares, Bahramian et al. 2013, "The neutron star transient and millisecond pulsar in M28: from sub-luminous accretion to rotation-powered quiescence".

August 2013: Khaled's careful analysis of the cooling of the Cas A neutron star is accepted by ApJ: "Measuring the Cooling of the Neutron Star in Cassiopeia A with all Chandra X-ray Observatory Detectors", by Elshamouty et al.

March 2013: Our two-part all-Alberta analysis of Galactic ultracompact X-ray binaries is accepted for publication in ApJ, "Galactic Ultracompact X-ray Binaries: Empirical Luminosities", by Cartwright, Engel, Heinke, Sivakoff, Berger, Gladstone, & Ivanova (Hans Berger's first paper), and "Galactic Ultracompact X-ray Binaries: Disk Stability and Evolution", by Heinke, Ivanova, Engel, Pavlovskii, Sivakoff, Cartwright, & Gladstone. See also Arash's first Astronomer's Telegram, "Confirmation of GRS 1747-312 as the active transient in Terzan 6".

March 2013: Jeanette's detailed analysis of the 33 nearest ULXs with Hubble and Chandra data is accepted for publication in ApJ Supplement, Optical counterparts of the nearest ultraluminous X-ray sources.

March 2013: Craig's short review Constraints on physics of neutron stars from X-ray observations is accepted for publication in a refereed conference proceedings.

February 2013: Arash Bahramian's paper is accepted for publication in ApJ; Stellar Encounter Rate in Galactic Globular Clusters.

January 2013: I have to link to Prof. Ivanova's Science paper, though I had nothing to do with it; Physics Dept. story, link to paper.

January 2013: Andrei Catuneanu's paper is accepted for publication in ApJ; Mass/Radius Constraints on the Quiescent Neutron Star in M13 Using Hydrogen and Helium Atmospheres.

November 2012: Megan Engel is awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, to study the physics of photosynthesis at Oxford. See the Physics Department story, her City-TV Edmonton appearance, and the Edmonton Journal story.

October 2012: Craig is named one of Avenue Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40; see the Physics Dept. story.

September 2012: Craig is awarded the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize (U of A 2012 Awards), recognizing annually two early-career U of A faculty members who show outstanding promise as researchers and enjoy a reputation for original research.

August 2012: Khaled Elshamouty successfully defends his master's thesis, "The Cooling of the Neutron Star in the Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant". Congrats!

August 2012: Sonia Budac and Craig are coauthors on a paper studying X-ray binaries in the globular cluster NGC 6388 that has been accepted to ApJ, X-ray Binaries in the Ultrahigh Encounter Rate Globular Cluster NGC 6388.

June 2012: At Canadian Astronomical Society conference (in Calgary), Arash Bahramian and Khaled Elshamouty gave (well-received) talks, and Megan Engel won the award for best student poster.

April 2012: Megan Engel and Andrei Catuneanu were awarded NSERC postgraduate scholarships.

April 2012: Taylor Cartwright is accepted into the International Space University, Strasbourg, France, with a scholarship.

April 2012: Craig is a co-author on the first paper to apply his collaborator Wynn Ho's non-hydrogen neutron star atmosphere models to quiescent low-mass X-ray binaries in globular clusters; Servillat, Heinke, Ho et al. 2012, Neutron star atmosphere composition: the quiescent, low-mass X-ray binary in the globular cluster M28. This application was Craig's original idea in asking Wynn to create helium and carbon atmospheres.

March 2012: Lindsay Forestell accepts an NSERC USRA to join the group this summer.

March 2012: Will Stacey's second paper (& Arash's first) is accepted for the Astrophysical Journal: An Examination of the X-ray Sources in the Globular Cluster NGC 6652. Congrats to Will for getting two first-author papers published as an undergrad!

March 2012: Jeanette Gladstone's appointment as the Avadh Bhatia Fellow is renewed.

March 6, 2012: Craig is a guest on the CBC program "Ideas", "Silver and Exact", on the history and cultural significance of mirrors.

Jan. 24, 2012: Craig is inducted into the joys of fatherhood, as Rachel gives birth to Leonard Russell Frey-Heinke.

Jan. 2012: Megan Engel's (& Khaled's) first paper is accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal: A 2.15 Hour Orbital Period for the Low-Mass X-ray Binary XB 1832-330 in the Globular Cluster NGC 6652.

Jan. 2012: Khaled Elshamouty presented his studies of the Cas A neutron star's temperature decline at the American Astronomical Society's conference in Austin, TX. His talk stirred up intense interest from the Chandra X-ray Observatory's calibration team, the Chandra project scientist and director, who are now in close discussions with Khaled and Craig on this research project.

Nov. 2011: Check out the planet models, which the physics department has recently installed in the west atrium of CCIS. See the Physics Dept. news story, the Folio front page (starring Khaled), and the Observatory's planets page.

Nov. 2011: Craig has been awarded tenure! He'll be sticking around a while.

Sept. 2011: The American Astronomical Society awarded Dr. Gladstone the High Energy Astrophysics Division Dissertation Prize for her work on the unusual black holes in ultraluminous X-ray sources. See the U of A news page for details.
Yellowstone

Aug. 2011: Arash Bahramian joins the group as a master's student. Welcome Arash!

July 2011: George Coomber's paper is published in the Astrophysical Journal: The Unusual X-Ray Binaries of the Globular Cluster NGC 6652.

May 2011: Will Stacey's paper is published in the Astrophysical Journal: Transient Extremely Soft X-ray Emission from the Unusually Bright Cataclysmic Variable in the Globular Cluster M3: A New CV X-ray Luminosity Record?

April 2011: Welcome Gregory Sivakoff to the U of A as a new assistant professor!

March 2011: Coordinated press releases from NASA, the U of A, the Royal Astronomical Society, and UNAM Institute de Astronomy, on our identification (Shternin et al. 2011, joint with Page et al. 2011) of the superfluid transition in the core of the Cas A neutron star. See here for my summary page.

January 2011: Craig was a (very small) part of a collaboration that discovered unusual gamma-ray flaring from the Crab Nebula (Tavani et al. 2011, Science, 331, 736). See here for my summary page.


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