University of Hawaii
Institute for Astronomy

David B. Sanders

Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1981

Submm/Far-Infrared Astronomy
Interacting Galaxies and IR Quasars
Giant Molecular Clouds

Research Description

My current research is primarily in the area of infrared-submillimeter observations of interacting/merging galaxies, their evolutionary connection with nuclear starbursts, and the formation of active galactic nuclei (AGN). Additional work is also being carried out on the molecular gas and dust properties of giant molecular clouds in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.

Most of my collaborative work over the past ten years has been with my former graduate students, Dong-Chan Kim (NRAO, Charlottesville), Aaron Evans (Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, Univ. of Virginia and NRAO, Charlottesville), Jason Surace (Spitzer Science Center, Caltech), James Deane (Purdue University Research Foundation), Catherine Ishida (Hilo, Hawaii), Jeyhan Kartaltepe (Hubble Fellow, NOAO, Tucson) and Vivian U, (TMT Postdoc, UC Riverside), and with Dr. Felix Mirabel (Director of Research, CEA-Saclay, France), Dr. Joseph Mazzarella (Head of NASA Extragalactic Database, IPAC/Caltech), Prof. Sylvain Veilleux (University of Maryland), and Professor Joshua Barnes at IfA-Manoa.


National Science Foundation Presidential Fellow, 1973-75
IBM Distinguished Lecturer, 1987
Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Senior Award, 2000-02

Selected Publications

Luminous Infrared Galaxies
D. B. Sanders and I. F. Mirabel
Annual Review of Astronomy Astrophysics, 34, 749 (1996)    GZipped (2Mby)   also available from the ADS   review.pdf (44pp)

A Near-Infrared Search for Hidden Broad-Line Regions in Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies
S. Veilleux, D. B. Sanders, and D.-C. Kim
Astrophysical Journal, 484, 92 (1997)

HST Images of Warm Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies
J. A. Surace, D. B. Sanders, W. D. Vacca, S. Veilleux, and J. M. Mazzarella
Astrophysical Journal, 492, 116 (1998)

Submillimeter-Wavelength Detection of Dusty Star-forming Galaxies at High Redshift
A. J. Barger, L. L. Cowie, D. B. Sanders, E. Fulton, Y. Taniguchi, Y. Sato, K. Kawara, and H. Okuda
Nature, 394, 248 (1998)    

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