Dr. Caplan joined ISU in the fall of 2019. He earned his PhD from Indiana University in 2017. Prior to joining ISU, Dr. Caplan was a CITA National Fellow at the McGill Space Institute. His research uses large scale computer simulations to study the interiors of neutron stars.
390Computational Research In Physics
299Independent Honor Study
205Origin Of The Universe
290Research In Physics
Research Interests & Areas
Stars freeze. At the end of their lives stars cool and contract forming white dwarfs and neutron stars. In these extremely dense environments nuclei can be packed so closely that they freeze solid, forming materials many trillions of times denser than anything on earth. Dr. Caplan uses large scale computer simulations to study these 'astromaterials' and calculate their physical properties to interpret astronomical observations of dead stars.
University Distinguished Dissertation Award
Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics
American Physical Society
Grants & Contracts
Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction Fellowship Follow-On Grant. American Physical Society / Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction. Private. (2022)