Brian Williams' Personal Webpage

I'm currently a research post-doc and part-time instructor at North Carolina State University. My research is in astrophysics, particularly the study of supernova remnants and their interaction with the interstellar medium. I work with Steve Reynolds, Kazik Borkowski, and lots of collaborators at other institutions.

Contact Info

Email: bjwilli2 at ncsu dot edu
Office: 411B Riddick Hall
Mailing Address: 421 Riddick Hall, 2401 Stinson Drive, Box 8202, Raleigh, NC 27695
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RCW 86

This was a release based on some work I did published in Williams et al. 2011 that ended up getting spread all over the world and picked up by several hundred news sources. The main image from the press release is at the top of this page, and stories at some of the major news outlets are linked here.

NASAThe original release.
CBS News
BBC
NBC News
space.com
Fox News
Discovery News
History Channel
Sky and Telescope Magazine
Forbes Magazine
CBC News
APOD, Thursday November 10th, 2011

Kepler's SNR

NCSU student newspaper story on Kepler's Supernova Remnant, interviewing Steve Reynolds and myself.

List of Refereed Publications

"RCW 86: A Type Ia Supernova in a Wind-blown Bubble," The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 741, 96. B.J. Williams, W.P. Blair, J.M. Blondin, K.J. Borkowski, P. Ghavamian, K.S. Long, J.C. Raymond, S.P. Reynolds, J. Rho, & P.F. Winkler. (2011) Download

"Dusty Blastwaves of Two Young LMC Supernova Remnants: Constraints on Postshock Compression," The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 729, 65. B.J. Williams, K.J. Borkowski, S.P. Reynolds, P. Ghavamian, J.C. Raymond, K.S. Long, W.P. Blair, R. Sankrit, R.C. Smith, S. Points, P.F. Winkler, S.P. Hendrick. (2011) Download

"Dust Destruction in a Non-Radiative Shock in the Cygnus Loop," The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 712, 1092.. R. Sankrit, B.J. Williams, K.J. Borkowski, T.J. Gaetz, J.C. Raymond, W.P. Blair, P. Ghavamian, K.S. Long, & S.P. Reynolds. (2010) Download

"Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of the Crab's Twin: B0540-69.3," The Astrophysical Journal, Vol 687, 1054. B.J. Williams, K.J. Borkowski, S.P. Reynolds, W.P. Blair, P. Ghavamian, R. Sankrit, S.P. Hendrick, K.S. Long, J.C. Raymond, R.C. Smith, S. Points, J. Morse, & P.F. Winkler. (2008) Download

"Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A Detailed Look at the Circumstellar Dust Component," The Astrophysical Journal. Vol 662, 998. W.P. Blair, P. Ghavamian, K.S. Long, B.J. Williams, K.J. Borkowski, S.P. Reynolds, R. Sankrit. (2007) Download

"Dust Destruction in Fast Shocks of Core-Collapse Supernova Remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud," Astrophysical Journal Letters Vol. 652, 33. B.J. Williams, K.J. Borkowski, S.P. Reynolds, W.P. Blair, P. Ghavamian, S.P. Hendrick, K.S. Long, J.C. Raymond, R. Sankrit, R.C. Smith, S. Points, & P.F. Winkler. (2006). Download

"Dust Destruction in Type Ia Supernova Remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud," Astrophysical Journal Letters. Vol. 642, 141. K.J. Borkowski, B.J. Williams, S.P. Reynolds, W.P. Blair, P. Ghavamian, R. Sankrit, S.P. Hendrick, K.S. Long, J.C. Raymond, R.C. Smith, S. Points, P.F. Winkler. (2006). Download

Conferences Attended

High Energy Astrophysics Division of the AAS Meeting, September 2011, Newport, RI
The Prompt Activity of Gamma-Ray Bursts, March 2011, Raleigh, NC
Winter Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2011, Seattle, WA
"Stormy Cosmos: The Evolving ISM from Spitzer to Herschel and Beyond", November 2010, Pasadena, CA
Winter Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2010, Washington, D.C.
Supernova Remnants and Pulsar Wind Nebulae in the Chandra Era, July 2009, Boston, MA.
Winter Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2009, Long Beach, CA.
Winter Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2007, Seattle, WA.
Summer Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, June 2006, Calgary, Alberta, CA.
Winter Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2006, Washington, DC.
Six Years of Science with Chandra Symposium, November 2005, Boston, MA. Spitzer Data Analysis Workshop, March 2005, Spitzer Science Center, Pasadena, CA.

Other Links of Interest

APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day)
Spitzer Science Center
Chandra X-ray Observatory
NCSU Physics Department
Sky and Telescope online
American Astronomical Society


"Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you." Job 35:5

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