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 Evolution of Galaxies
This three-color image of galaxy M101 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 20, 2003.

Members of this research group work on a wide range of challenging problems associated with the evolution of galaxies from the early universe to the present time. They study galaxies at high red shifts, looking back to see active star formation that was occurring billions of years ago. The nuclei of active galaxies are regions of special interest that can be observed using tracers of the unusual conditions there. And in our own galaxy, they trace star formation in interstellar clouds by observing interstellar dust along with atomic and molecular gas.

They also study young stars and other peculiar stars to understand more about their formation and how this connects with the formation of planetary systems. This group utilizes a range of ground-based instrumentation, space observatories at optical through far-infrared wavelengths, and is involved in development of new types of detectors and systems. Theirr expertise extends to JPL and beyond through group members serving as Project Scientists on a number of missions and instruments.


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