Understanding the evolution of galaxies and the history of our universe is one of the most challenging questions in modern cosmology. One of the most important aspects of understanding the evolution of galaxies is measuring the rate of formation of stars (i.e., the star formation rate) and attenuation of the dust content produced by massive stars in the interstellar medium.
Currently, I am working with Dr. Naveen Reddy, as part of the MOSFIRE Deep Evolutionary Field (MOSDEF) survey, studying star formation rate and dust attenuation of galaxies at redshift of z ~ 2, when the universe was just ~ 3 Gyr old. This redshift range contains the peak of star formation in the universe and marks an important era in the history of the universe.
- The MOSDEF Survey: Dissecting the star-formation rate vs. stellar mass relation using Hα and Hβ emission lines at z ~ 2
Shivaei, I., Reddy, N. A., Shapley, A. E., et al., ApJ, in press, arXiv:1507.03017
- Investigating Hα, UV, and IR Star-formation Rate Diagnostics for a Large Sample of z ∼ 2 Galaxies
Shivaei, I., Reddy, N. A., Steidel, C. C., & Shapley, A. E. 2015, ApJ, 804, 10
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