Cole Holcomb

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: Princeton University
  • Field of Study: Physics/Astrophysics
  • Academic Advisor: James Stone
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2015)
  • Degree(s):
    B.A. Philosophy, and B.S. Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013

Summary of Research

Plasma Astrophysics: Cosmic Ray Transport, Turbulence, Instabilities, & Shocks

Explosive Astrophysics: Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts, Mergers of Compact Objects, & Detonations

High Performance Computing


1. Holcomb, C., Guillochon, J., De Colle, F. & Ramirez-Ruiz, E. 2013, The Astrophysical Journal, 771, 14
"Conditions for Successful Helium Detonations in Astrophysical Environments"

2. Johnson, R. P., DeWitt, J., Holcomb, C., et al. 2013, Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on, 60, 3262--3269
"Tracker Readout ASIC for Proton Computed Tomography Data Acquisition"

3. Holcomb, C., Ramirez-Ruiz, E., De Colle, & F., Montes, G. 2014, The Astrophysical Journal, 790, L3
"Diversity Of Short Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows From Compact Binary Mergers Hosting Pulsars"

4. Holcomb, C., & Kushnir, D. 2016, The Astrophysical Journal, 826, 169
"Can Helium Envelopes Change The Outcome Of Direct White Dwarf Collisions?"


2014-pres, DOE NNSA SSGF
2014, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (declined)
2013-2014, Martin Schwarzschild Graduate Fellow (Princeton U.)
2013, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in both Physics and Philosophy (UCSC)
2013, Dean's award for excellence in undergraduate research (physics thesis; UCSC)
2013, Honors on the philosophy senior essay (UCSC)
2011-2013, SLUG (Supercomputing Lab for UnderGraduates) Fellow
2012, LAMAT Fellow
2008-2013, Dean's honors (x12; UCSC)