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

 The Star Formation in Galaxies (SFIG) Research Group at Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was founded in 2005 to conduct multi-wavelength research on the star-forming galaxies near and far including the Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs)in our Galaxy. Our research interests are:1)Massive star formation and GMCs in our Milky Way, nearby galaxies,and high-z star-forming galaxies; 2)Nature of luminous and ultraluminous infrared galaxies, starburst and interacting galaxies, and AGNs/QSOs; 3)Infrared, submillimeter/millimeter, radio and X-ray observations of the GMCs, formation of massive stars and star-forming galaxies; 4)Evolution of galaxies.

 Recent research highlights include finding a tight linear correlation between FIR and HCN 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, the group leader was invited in 2008 to present “Astronomy: Starbursts near and far”for the “News and Views” column of 'Nature'.

 The SFIG Group currently has 2 faculty members as research fellow or professor, 1 research associate, 2 post-doctoral fellows, and 9 graduate students. We have gained lots of observing time from many telescopes, such as VLA, IRAM 30m, CARMA, SMA, JCMT etc, or in collaboration on the space telescopes, Spitzer, Chandra,Herschel.

  The SFIG Group has organized two international conferences:

   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.