Welcome to the high-energy astrophysics group at Georgia College.
If posed as a question, my research objective would be: "What can we learn about the recent history of massive stars in the Milky Way by observing the global characteristics of our galaxy's X-ray populations?"
My research covers three complementary components:
1) search for new X-ray sources;
2) characterize their radiation by analyzing multi-wavelength data;
3) and interpret the results in the context of the evolutionary history of massive stars.
The primary objectives are to use accreting compact objects (black holes and neutron stars) as laboratories for studying the physics of matter under extreme gravitational and electromagnetic conditions, and to use the statistical properties of X-ray source populations to test models of stellar and galactic evolution. Collaborators include undergraduate physics majors at GCSU, as well as international teams of graduates, postdocs, and research faculty.
Telescopes that I rely on include Chandra, Fermi, INTEGRAL, MAXI, NICER, NuSTAR, Suzaku, Swift, and XMM-Newton.
The background image is of the Lagoon Nebula as captured by Fred Vanderhaven (the original can be found here: Astronomy Picture of the Day).
Dr. Arash Bodaghee
Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy
Georgia College and State University