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Kim, Alex G.
Oral history interview with Alex G. Kim, 2007 July 31.
Alex Kim discusses his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, starting in 1991, joining the Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP) in 1992, when it was called the High-z Search. On the discovery of group's first supernova, 1992BG, at the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT), and concomitant paper. Kim collaborated with Ivan Small and Matthew Kim to write IDL, the supernova search, analysis, and slice plot display software. That software has been converted to a C++ version in use now, for instance with the Hubble Space Telescope. Second batch of supernovae, approximately five found, at INT. Kim binned the first spectrum, taken by Robert Kirshner for the group, and found in it the first supernova spectral footprint. After that, began the use of the better Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) 4-meter telescope. Some observing done at Kitt Peak. Kim explains the taking of supernova photometry, an dfitting them to established light curves. Kim modified the SN-MINOW light curve fitting software. He also wrote the code to produce the Omega_Matter versus Omega_Lambda plots. He spent time in France, starting in 1997, after graduating with his PhD in 1996. Kim's attitude toward lambda, on the process of discovery, and a few comical stories.
Ph.D. in physics, University of California, Berkeley (1996); worked at Center for Particle Astrohpysics and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire et Cosmologie, and the physics division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Kim, Alex G.
Kirshner, Robert P., 1949-
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
Hubble Space Telescope (Spacecraft)
Isaac Newton Telescope.
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Supernova Cosmology Project
University of California, Berkeley.
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