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Rebecca A Phillipson

, Department of Physics, Villanova University

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About Rebecca

I am currently an NSF MPS-Ascend postdoctoral fellow at Villanova University. My primary interests are in the timing variability of accreting black holes and neutron stars using data from instruments onboard satellites such as the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, Swift, MAXI, Kepler, and TESS. I am also currently exploring methods to classify and discover accreting objects from the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in combination with X-ray and optical spectroscopic follow-up of unique systems. I employ methods from nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory in combination with machine learning to study the abundance of data acquired by ZTF of these exotic systems. My side projects include developing radiation-hydrodynamic simulations of the accretion disks around black holes and exploring interdisciplinary applications of novel time series analysis methods.


2021-present - NSF MPS-Ascend Postdoctoral Fellowship

2020-2022 - University of Washing eScience Institute Data Science Fellow

2016-2020 - NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship


Department of Physics, Villanova University, 08/2022 - 08/2024

Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology Institute, University of Washington, 09/2020 - 08/2022


Physics, Drexel University, 09/2020


Physics, Drexel University, 06/2017


Physics, Colorado State University, 08/2015

Astronomy, University of Colorado Boulder, 08/2013

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