Ylva Pihlström

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of New Mexico. Being a radio astronomer, my favorite subjects are the Galactic Center, astrophysical masers, but also starburst galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei. For my research I use radio interferometery observing techniques, including Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).  At UNM I also participate in work with the Long Wavelength Array (LWA). 


Research projects

BAaDE: Bulge Asymmetries and Dynamical Evolution. This is a survey aiming to map the positions and velocities of up to ~34,000 SiO maser stars in the Galactic bulge and inner Galaxy. Our survey will also yield sufficiently luminous SiO masers suitable for follow-up orbit and parallax determination using VLBI. The SiO maser stars are detectable both near the otherwise obscured plane and Center as well as in regions with less optical extinction, expanding by a large number the sample of currently known stellar tracers in the inner Galaxy. 


Research students

Graduate student Bridget McEwen is working on research related to masers and the conditions in the shocked environment in a supernova remnant - molecular cloud collision. Research student Bob Mesler graduated in November 2013, with his thesis on environments of gamma-ray burst progenitors.