Hello there.

I'm Amanda Yoho, a graduate student in the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University and a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. I study the origins and evolution of the early Universe (a.k.a Cosmology). Here you will find information about my research, with both general summaries and links to technical abstracts, outreach efforts, and whatever else I decide to add.

This website is a work in progress, and is likely to change significantly as I find the time to play around with CSS.

Research

Most of my research has dealt with studying the Cosmic Microwave Background -- the earliest visible light in our Universe, streaming toward us from 380,000 years after the Big Bang. The pattern imprinted on the CMB gives us lots of information, from the curvature of the Universe to the amount of dark matter we expect to be present, and much more.

My long-form CV can be found here:[CV]

Below you can find links to technical abstracts of my published work. I'll be posting general summaries here when I find time to write them.

Cross Correlations of CMB Temperature and the Gravitational Lensing Potential to Investigate Large-Angle Anomalies

[Technical abstract] Summary coming soon

Real-Space Approach to Accounting for Our Galaxy's Motion in CMB data

[Technical abstract] Data tells us that our Galaxy is moving at .012% of the speed of light compared to a stationary observer looking out at the CMB. This motion affects our observations of the CMB, most notably by causing light in the forward direction to be blue shifted (meaning the frequency we measure is higher than it is for the stationary observer) and in the backward direction to be red shifted (meaning measured frequency decreases). We show in this work how to correct for the shifts in our observations because of our motion, which lead to more accurate determinations of cosmological parameters from CMB temperature data.

The Effect of Our Galaxy's Motion on Weak Lensing Measurements

[Technical abstract] Summary coming soon

Degree Scale Anomalies in CMB Temperature Data are Localized to the North Ecliptic Pole

[Technical abstract] Summary coming soon

Effects of a Lorentz Boost on the Temperature Angular Power Spectrum from Incomplete CMB Sky Data

[Technical abstract] Summary coming soon

Outreach

I'm a part of several exciting outreach efforts, including planning a festival centered on the intersection of art and science that was funded by the American Physical Society, and giving a public talk about the mysteries of the large-scale early Universe.

I hope to have many more details here in the near future.

Contact

amanda dot yoho at case dot edu

@mandaYoho

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