Characterization of the circumgalactic gas at z~1
Working with Professor Hsiao-Wen Chen at the University of Chicago,
I am currently trying to use quasar absorption spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope to constrain
the complex, multi-phase circumgalactic gas around galaxies at z~1. I then try to identify hosts for
absorbers found along the quasar line of sight using spectroscopic follow-ups of surrounding galaxies
using the Very Large and Magellan Telescopes. This multi-pronged approach allows us to constrain the
origin of the circumgalactic gas at the redshift range of interest.
Extreme coronal line emissions in type-2 quasars
Working with Professor Matthew Malkan at UCLA,
I examined coronal line emissions in a hundred million SDSS quasars to understand trends of
coronal line emission and identified a new addition to the small class of seven known
Coronal Line Forest (CLiF) AGNs.
Working with Professor Matthew Malkan, I reduced far-IR IFUs of about 37 galaxies observed by SOFIA. Our findings are publised
in The Astrophysical Journal
(Spinolgio L., Fernández-Ontiveros J.A., Malkan M.A., Kumar S., et al., February 2022.)
Working with Dr. Lauren Anderson at Carnegie Observatories, I used machine learning, particularly Gaussian Processes to determine the
spatial distribution of interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
Working with Dr. Andrew Emerick at Carnegie Observatories, I examined metal mixing in cosmological dwarf galaxy simulations.
My findings were presented at the summer student symposium talk
and also the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (January 10-15, 2021).
My work also contributed to another
on modeling chemical abundance evolution in dwarf galaxies.
Spacecraft operations and magnetometer data analysis for the ELFIN CubeSat mission
I served as a spacecraft operations lead for the NASA/ NSF funded ELFIN CubeSat mission at UCLA, operating satellites
ELFIN-A and ELFIN-B and ensuring timely scientific collections and downlinks. I also analyzed the magnetometer data onboard
to detect Field Aligned Currents and EMIC waves in the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts.