Dr. Kupfer is an expert in late stellar binary evolution, strong gravitational wave sources, supernova Ia progenitors and time-domain surveys. His research goal is to observationally constrain the population of the most compact binaries using optical time-domain data and compare their properties and distributions to theoretical predictions. His techniques focus on the use of 'Big Data' and survey science to discover and characterize rare events and populations of different stellar types in large databases. He has been PI for more than 50 nights of observing time at world-class observatories used for his studies.
Dr. Kupfer finished his undergraduate study in physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in 2010. As an undergraduate student he received a European Union ERASMUS exchange grant for a multi-month research stay at Armagh observatory, Northern Ireland. He received a Ph.D. from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2015. Before joining Texas Tech University, he did Postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology (2015 - 2018) and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical at UC Santa Barbara (2018 - 2020).