Tuomos Kangas

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tuomas Kangas is a post-doctoral researcher working with Andy Fruchter on astrophysical transients -- at the moment he mostly studies the late-time afterglows and jet physics of gamma-ray bursts using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He studied the revolutionary neutron star merger GW20170817 and looks forward to the future explosion of the kilonova field. He has also studied (superluminous) supernovae and their progenitor stars. Tuomas is particularly interested in using the environments of transients to infer the properties of the progenitors in large samples.

Tuomas hails from Finland, where he studied Astronomy in the University of Turku. He got his PhD there in the spring of 2017 and joined Space Telescope Science Institute shortly after. During his graduate studies, Tuomas also worked as a Student Support Astronomer at the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma from 2013 to 2014. This job included telescope operation duties and supporting visiting astronomers (and made La Palma his favorite place in the world).


PhD in Astronomy, University of Turku, Finland
MSc in Astronomy, University of Turku, Finland
BSc in Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, Finland


Science Interests:

  • Core-collapse supernovae
  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Kilonovae
  • Progenitor stars of transients
  • Massive star evolution


Research Topics: Star Formation, Histories, and Evolution; Supernovae and Remnants


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5477-0217

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