Yingjie Cheng

Teaching Assistant
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yingjiecheng@umass.edu

Office: 

LGRT 517-I

Address: 

University of Massachusetts Department of Astronomy LGRT-B 619E 710 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01003-9305

Advisor: 

Robert Gutermuth

Research Interests: 

My research interests focus primarily on galaxies and nearby star forming regions. To be specific, I'minterested in how galaxies evolve and interact with their surrounding environment, how to understand star-formation processes and their feedback. I have been using X-ray observations to study the starburst feedback and its impact on the surrounding medium, mostly via spectral analysis. The diffuse X-ray emission can also be used to constrain the stellar population in a certain area, which provides a good approach to studying the initial mass function (IMF). I'm also trying to use infrared observations of astar-forming complex to study protostars and thus constrain the current star formation models. Besides these, I do some theoretical studies about high energy transients.