My research focuses mainly on the study of the formation of supermassive black hole seeds in the early Universe, but my interests span a wide range of other astrophysical phenomena such as structure formation in alternative dark matter universes, star formation in isolated disk galaxies, and gas fragmentation during mergers. Given the nature of these problems, my approach is to perform and analyze hydrodynamical simulations using numerical codes like Enzo, Gadget, and Arepo. A complete record of my publications can be found on ADS or arXiv.
Assembly of supermassive black hole seeds (Becerra et al. 2018b)
Formation and fragmentation of a protostellar system (Becerra et al. 2015)
Interstellar medium and star formation in isolated disk galaxies (Becerra et al. 2014)
Gas fragmentation in galaxy mergers (Escala et al. 2013)
In 2018, I obtained my PhD from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University. My thesis focused on understanding how the first supermassive black hole seeds formed in the early Universe. My work was supervised by Lars Hernquist and Volker Bromm.
Before that, I got a Masters and a Bachelor degree from the Department of Astronomy at Universidad de Chile, where I studied the interstellar medium and star formation in simulations of local isolated galaxies under the supervision of Andres Escala.
After my graduate studies, I spent one year working at Fathom Information Design in a position that mixed software development and the creation of interactive visualizations. Now I spent my days traveling through the Americas and taking pictures.