I am an assistant research professor at the Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory at University of Arizona, as well as the project scientist of Aspera UV small-satellite mission. Before I started my current position, I was a postdoc at the Steward Observatory, worked with Prof. Erika Hamden. I did my Ph.D. at Seoul National University (SNU), Republic of Korea. I was also a research assistant/student fellow in the School of Physics at Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). My Ph.D. advisors were Prof. Yong-Sun Park at SNU and Prof. Changbom Park at KIAS. I had worked with the instrumentation group (Head: Prof. A. N. Ramaprakash) at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune, India during my Ph.D.
My research focus is on astronomical instrumentation and observational astronomy, in particular building UV/Optical telescope and instruments, and studying the circumgalactic medium and kinematics of galaxies.
Currently (as of December 2021), I am involved in and working on
Previously I was heavily involved in the development of optical multi-IFU spectrograph (DOTIFS) before, and I am still working on the development of its reduction software. I am also using SDSS-IV MaNGA IFU survey data to study environmental effects on galaxy kinematics.
Ph.D. in Astronomy, 2019
Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, Korea
B.S. in Physics, 2012
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Korea
[12/16/2021] Nox (PI: Haeun Chung) is proposed to 2021 NASA Astrophysics Research and Analysis AO ($10M).
[12/08/2021] Hyperion (PI: Erika Hamden) is proposed to NASA Astrophysics Exploers Program 2021 Medium Explorer (MIDEX) AO ($300M).
[12/06/2021] Aspera gets green light from NASA - the mission has passed the first Pioneers gate review - now officially moving towards Phase B. Go Aspera!
[11/12/2021] Aspera System Requirements Review (SRR) is successfully done over Nov. 12-13 via virtual and in-person site visit at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona.
DOTIFS is an optical multi-IFU spectrograph to be mounted on the Devasthal Optical Telescope
Stellar kinematic analysis on nearby galaxies using SDSS-IV MaNGA data
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