I am a 5th 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.
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).