Raj Gohil is a second year graduate student in astrophysics working with Professor David Ballantyne. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012.
My research focuses on studying the nuclear star-forming regions which may explain the obscuration of active galactic nuclei (AGNs). My work involves the numerical modeling of these regions (2D structure) from the scratch which includes solving non-linear second order differential equation (boundary value problem) using finite-difference method, a set of coupled equations using iterative method, and non-linear flux conservative equation using various schemes. The end goal is to predict the observables such as column density along a line of sight, the equivalent width of the FeKα line, Cosmic X-ray background, and Cosmic Infrared background which can be tested against observations.