Phone: (414) 229-4971
Research Interests: Multi-wavelength Astronomy; Neutron Stars; Magnetars; Radio Transients.
Professor Kaplan's research concerns multi-wavelength (radio, infrared, optical, X-ray) observations of a variety of types of young neutron stars such as isolated, thermally emitting neutron stars and magnetars. He is also working on detecting radio transients with the Murchison Widefield Array and the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.
David Kaplan received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 2004 from the California Institute of Technology. He was a Pappalardo Fellow in astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) from 2004-2007. The following three years Kaplan was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at MKI and at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Since 2010, David Kaplan has been at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he holds the rank of Assistant Professor. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor Kaplan is currently Chair of the Murchison Widefield Array Transient Science Team and he is a peer reviewer for several publications, including Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astrophysical Journal Letters, and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
- D. L. Kaplan
Mass Constraints from Eclipse Timing in Double White Dwarf Binaries
ApJ, 717, L108 (2010)
- J. D. R. Steinfadt, D. L. Kaplan, A. Shporor, L. Bildsten, and S. B. Howell
Discovery of the Eclipsing Detached Double White Dwarf Binary NLTT 11748
ApJ, 716, L146 (2010)
- D. L. Kaplan and M. H. van Kerkwijk
Constraining the Spin-Down of the Nearby Isolated Neutron Star RX J2143.0+0654
ApJ, 629, L62 (2009)
- D. L. Kaplan
Nearby, Thermally Emitting Neutron Stars
AIP Conference Proceedings, 983, 331 (2008)
- D. L. Kaplan, S. Chatterjee, B. M. Gaensler, and J. Anderson
A Precise Proper Motion for the Crab Pulsar, and the Difficulty of Testing Spin-Kick Alignment for Young Neutron Stars
ApJ, 677, 1201 (2008)
- van Kerkwijk and Kaplan
Timing the Nearby Isolated Neutron Star RX J1856.5-3754
ApJL, 673, 163 (2008)
- Kaplan et al.
Lost and Found: A New Position and Infrared Counterpart for the X-ray Binary Scutum X-1
ApJ, 661, 437 (2007)
- Kaplan, van Kerkwijk, and Anderson
The Distance to the Isolated Neutron Star RX J0720.4-3125
ApJ, 660, 1428 (2007)
- Kaplan, Moon, and Reach
Long-Wavelength Excesses in Two Highly-obscured High-Mass X-ray Binaries: Evidence for Circumstellar Dust ApJ, 649, L107 (2006)
- Wang, Chakrabarty, & Kaplan
A debris disk around an isolated young neutron star
Nature, 440, 772 (2006)