Nick Pingel Investigates Turbulence of Starless Molecular Cloud

Nov 14, 2013

Nickolas Pingel graduated from the UW-Madison Astronomy Department in May. Just before leaving the UW to join the University of West Virginia Physics Department for his PhD, Nick submitted a first-author publication, "Characterizing the Turbulent Properties of the Starless Molecular Cloud MBM16," to the Astrophysical Journal. The paper has just been accepted for publication.

Using neutral hydrogen (HI) observations from the Galactic Arecibo L-Band Feed Array HI (GALFA-HI) survey, Nick investigated the turbulent properties of a starless interstellar cloud called MBM16. His results suggest that the lack of stellar feedback in MBM16 is likely responsible for the observed steep turbulent spectrum.

Nick received UW's prestigious Hilldale Award as well as two Wisconsin Space Grant Awards for his research with Professor Snezana Stanimirovic.

Read the paper abstract and author list.

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