Academic Advisor 1 Class of 2023
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1990
How galaxies get their gas and how much mass, energy, and metals galaxies return to their surroundings are questions central to our understanding of galaxies and the intergalactic medium. Only stars synthesize metals, yet only about half of the generated elements are found in stars and the interstellar medium. Galaxies are also missing their share of baryonic matter. Understanding the flows of the matter/energy in and around galaxies, or their "ecosystem'', is the focus of my research. A key to the understanding of the matter and energy flows is the study of various high-energy feedback processes in galaxies. I have concentrated on four closely-related aspects of this research topic: examining various high-energy sources of the interstellar medium (e.g., supernova remnants, superbubbles, and galactic nuclear regions, including the accretion process around black holes); characterizing the global structure as well as the physical and chemical states of hot gas in and around galaxies; investigating the interplay of high-energy radiation and gas with other galactic components; exploring the interaction of galaxies with their environment, particularly the intragroup/cluster media. I primarily use radio, infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray observations to conduct these studies. I also carry out theoretical and computational studies with my students and collaborators.
Galactic Nuclear Regions:
X-ray study of the Galactic supermassive black hole Sgr A*
Multi-band infrared mapping of the Galactic nuclear region
Large Millimeter Telescope Mapping of the Galactic Central Molecular Zone
Chandra mapping of the Galactic bulge/center interface
Galactic Feedback and Ecosystem of Galaxies:
Chandra X-ray Visionary Program (3 Ms) of the 30 Dorado Nebula
Multi-wavelength study of M31 nucleus and bulge
Multi-wavelength study of edge-on galaxies, including CHANG-ES (Continuum HAlos in Nearby Galaxies -- an EVLA Survey), as well as Chandra/XMM-Newton Surveys
University of Massachusetts Department of Astronomy LGRT-B 517-G 710 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01003-9305
I have taught mainly graduate courses (e.g., extragalactic astronomy, stellar astrophysics and population, and high-energy astrophysics). I am also going to teach an undergraduate elective high-energy astrophysics course in the fall of 2020. More information can be found at my personal website https://people.umass.edu/wqd.