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Karen Perez Sarmiento
College: Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
Home: Mexico City, Mexico
Mentor: Alex Drlica-Wagner and Marcelle Soares-Santos
Who I am: I am Physics and Mathematics double major at Macalester College, MN. I am interested in particle astrophysics and cosmology. This summer, I am working with the Dark Energy Survey collaboration. In my free time, I like to read popular science books, go for runs and kayak whenever I have the chance.
Research: Binary Neutron Star (BNS) mergers are interesting events in the field of multi-messenger astronomy since they are promising sources of detectable gravitational wave signals and electromagnetic transients. I introduce a new method to calculate a conservative, lower-limit to the rate of (BNS) merger events that is proportional to the stellar mass, and is based on evidence of an r-process event in the dwarf galaxy Reticulum II. I also considered the impact that observational selection effects of LIGO have on predicted observable rates.