Mason Huberty

Radiation Transfer Modeling of Galactic Outflows

In the star forming regions of a galaxy, supernova explosions and other processes eject large amounts of gas outwards into space and as such regulate star formation in that galaxy. These massive outflows are omnipresent in starburst galaxies and can have lasting effects on their evolution. This gas is mostly hydrogen but is sprinkled with heavy elements like silicon and carbon that can be used to map the gas velocity. We perform radiation transfer modeling on the spectra of such galaxies in order to obtain an insight into the physical processes that are characteristic of these galaxies.