Farhanul HasanGraduate Student NMSUAstronomy
I’m a first year grad student at NMSU. I graduated from Reed College in May 2018 with a B.A. in Physics. I’m interested in the formation and evolution of galaxies, star formation and feedback processes, supermassive black holes (SMBH), and most aspects of extragalactic astronomy. I’ve done research on star formation and dust attenuation in dusty star forming galaxies at high redshifts (z~0.5 to ~2), star formation at the center of spiral galaxy NGC 4736 (M94), and on the demographics of supermassive black holes in the local universe. The latter was the topic of my senior undergraduate thesis, titled “Into the void: Mass function of supermassive black holes in the local universe,” where I explored the Velocity dispersion function (VDF) of local galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) in addition to probing the mass function of SMBHs and testing the impact of accretion in growing these monstrous objects to their present masses. Currently, I’m working with Prof. Chris Churchill in studying Quasar absorption lines and the Circumgalactic medium (CGM).