Multi-wavebands observational studies on the formation and evolution of galaxies

The star Formation in Galaxies (SFIG) Research Group at Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was founded in 2006 that conducts multi-wavebands research on the star-forming galaxies near and far including the Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs) in the Galaxy. Our research interests are:

The recent research highlights of our group include discovering a tight linear correlation between far-infrared (FIR) and HCN line luminosity over ten orders of magnitude from basic units of star formation in the GMC cores to ultraluminous infrared galaxies and high-redshift galaxies. Dr. Yu Gao, our group leader, was invited in 2008 to present an article named “Astronomy: Starbursts near and far” for the “News and Views” column of 'Nature'.

Currently, the SFIG Group has 2 faculty members as research fellow or professor, 1 research associate, 2 post-doctoral fellows, and 9 graduate students. Plenty of observation time was obtained from many telescopes, such as VLA, IRAM 30m, CARMA, SMA, JCMT etc, by our group members, or in collaboration with the space telescopes, namely, Spitzer, Chandra and Herschel.

   2005 Lijiang - Extreme Starbursts: Near and Far conference:

   2007 Xining - Legacy of Multi-wavelength Surveys conference:

   and helped organize/co-organize Shanghai-The Starburst-AGN Connection Conference in 2008:

Two in 2009 on Multiwavelength Studies on High Redshift Quasars and Star Clusters - Basic Galactic Building Blocks throughout Time and Space,  respectively:

In the near future, the SFIG Group will continue to better understand the star formation in various galaxy environments using advanced multi-wave telescopes around the global including national large facilities LAMOST, FAST and future Antarctic Dome-A projects.