Kevin A. S. Croker / 古剛 / ケビン・クロカー
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
2505 Correa Road, Room 404
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office: +1 (808) 956-2975
Email: kcroker(s/this/at symbol)phys.hawaii.edu
Curriculum Vitae (Last Updated: 2/15/2023)
I'm affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, welcome to my lynx friendly page.
My broad research interest is Einstein's theory of gravitation, General Relativity (GR).
I am currently exploring the observational consequences of cosmological energy shifts within relativistic compact objects (e.g. stellar collapse remnants such as non-singular black holes and neutron stars).
I frequently collaborate with Profs. Nishimura and Farrah within the Department, and Prof. Weiner within the Department of Mathematics.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about our team!
My thesis work focused on cosmological applications of GR, in particular, the Dark Energy problem.
My past work has focused on the use of numerical simulations to compare and constrain proposed extensions of GR through existing astrophysical data.
I believe observation is paramount.
- Ph. D. Physics 2018 University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
- M. S. Physics 2012 University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
- B. S. Computer Science 2005 Washington University in St. Louis
- Phenomenology of General Relativity
- Cosmology / Perturbation theory in classical gravitation
- Variational Principles
Grants and Fellowships
Selected Publications and Preprints
Selected Seminars and Invited Talks
- "GEneric Objects of Dark Energy (GEODEs): Implications for black hole evolution and cosmology"
- November 16th, 2020
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- "The GEODE mass function and its astrophysical implications"
- "Friedmann Cosmology Without Assumptions on the Stress:
Consistency and Application to the Dark Energy Problem" (PhD Dissertation Defense)
- May 22nd, 2018
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
- "Cosmological tests of the gravastar hypothesis"
- April 6th, 2018
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation
- March 29th, 2018
Queen's University, Canada
- March 27th, 2018
Bishop's University, Canada
- March 22nd, 2018
Los Alamos National Laboratory
- March 20th, 2018
University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
- March 16th-17th, 2018
34th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting (PCGM34), California Institute of Technology
- March 15th, 2018
University of California Santa Barbara
- March 13th, 2018
Stanford University, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
- "Metric theories for non-gravitational specialists"
- November 17th, 2016
Hirosaki University, Department of Physics
- August 6th, 2016
NovDES Conference 2016, Beget, Spain
- "ngravs: Distinct gravitational interactions in Gadget-2"
Community and Science Service
- This Week in Science (TWiS): #792 Where is the Dark Energy?
Invited 90-minute podcast interview, September, 23rd, 2020
- Reuniones de Cataluña: Novel Directions in the Era of Specialization (NovDES)
Organizing committee (chair), 2016
- "Somos cientificos!" NovDES 2016 Community Outreach Event, August 7th, 2016
- "N-body Computer simulations: What, Why, and How?"
- Honolulu District Science Fair Judge
- February 16th, 2019
- February 10th, 2018
- February 11th, 2017
- February 14th, 2015
- Physics Department Open House
- SONY Digital Paper System - Utilities and Notes
- Aragorn Time Tracker (Android platform)
- The Megatron Daemon (Cross platform)
- KWUR 90.3 FM
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