MSI PIs Use Webb Telescope Data


U of M researchers, including MSI PIs Patrick Kelly (assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy; Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics) and Claudia Scarlata (associate professor, Physics and Astronomy; Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics), led a team that has used data from the new James Webb Telescope to discover a small galaxy that generated stars at an extremely high rate for its size. This discovery was published recently in the prestigious journal Science. The paper can be found on the journal website: A magnified compact galaxy at redshirt 9.51 with strong nebular emission lines.

A news release about the research is on the U of M website: U of M researchers discovery tiny galaxy with big star power.

Professor Kelly uses MSI resources to carry out high-resolution simulations to interpret data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Scarlata’s group is working on several projects that require high computational and memory resources. Scarlata group member Cody Carr was the Grand Prize winner in Physical Sciences and Engineering at the recent Research Computing Exhibition with a poster entitled Forging mass outflow rate estimators in FIRE.