Hello! I am Scott Lucchini. I am an astrophysicist, photographer, programmer, car enthusiast, and dancer. I am a full-time PhD student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the Department of Physics. I have significant experience in software development and programming through my physics and astronomy research as well as through my work at a software startup. In my free time, I enjoy architectural and landscape photography and working on and driving my 1995 Mazda Miata. I have also been swing dancing and tap dancing for many years and have taught dance classes of all levels at local and regional events.
My current astrophysics research interests involve galaxy-scale numerical simulations. I am working to understand the formation and evolution of the Magellanic Stream, a huge gaseous structure covering 200 degrees along the sky. The gas in this Stream originated in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxy satellites of our own Galaxy, the Milky Way. The Magellanic Clouds have been orbiting around each other for several billion years and throughout these interactions the majority of thier gas has been stripped out into the Magellanic Stream. The header image at the top of the page shows how the gas in the Magellanic Stream would appear in the night sky if we could see radio waves. Recently, we have shown that the inclusion of a warm circumgalactic medium around the LMC (motivated by its high mass) can account for the even more massive amount of ionized gas surrounding the neutral hydrogen Stream that we can see in emission.
I began playing around with my parents' DSLR in middle school when I began to learn the basics of exposure and composition. In 2016, my wife and I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where I completed my Master's degree and we traveled around Europe for a year. This was an amazing experience and I couldn't resist photographing the immense beauty and not only documenting our adventures but exploring photography as art. I use an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk II mirrorless camera and I am most interested in landscape and architectural photography.
In my spare time, I enjoy quite a range of activities. First of all, I began dancing Lindy Hop in 2010 through the University of Rochester Swing Dance Club. Lindy Hop is a form of swing dancing originating and flourishing in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York in the late 1920s and 30s. I have been involved in local events and classes for many of those years including teaching in Madison, WI with Jumptown Swing. Additionally, in September 2019 I bought a 1995 Mazda Miata which I have been very much enjoying working on and driving around (in the few months of decent weather here in the midwest). And my current woodworking project is to build an arcade machine based on a Raspberry PI. To learn more about Lindy Hop, and to follow along with my car and video game activies head over to my hobbies page.