Here are some figures motivating my research interests:
Figure 1: ROSAT All-sky Survey map of 3/4 keV emission characteristic of the Milky Way's hot CGM (Snowden et al. 1997)
Figure 2: Diffuse 2-5 GeV emission from the Fermi bubbles (Dobler et al. 2012; Su & Finkbeiner 2012)
Figure 3: Artist interpretation of the Fermi bubbles illustrating gamma-ray emission, a jet/cocoon feature inside the bubbles, and enhanced X-ray emission near the bubble edges (courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics).
I am a 4th year PhD student at the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy working with my advisor Professor Joel Bregman. My research interests include galaxy formation/evolution and understanding the role of feedback processes in galaxy evolution.
Specifically, I study the Milky Way's hot circumgalactic medium (CGM) and its connection to the Fermi bubbles observed near the Galactic center to probe these topics. I mainly use X-ray emission and absorption line observations to analyze these objects, but also work on modeling the Milky Way's hot halo gas and Fermi bubbles.