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Jonathan Slavin

Center for Astrophysics


I am an astrophysicist working in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory since 2000. My interests center around the diffuse interstellar medium (ISM), especially supernova remnants and dust. Supernovae inject energy into the ISM and their shock waves destroy dust. A particular interest of mine is the nature of the Local Interstellar Medium (LISM), the region of the ISM that's closest to us, including the gas and dust that is able to penetrate into the Solar System from the surrounding Local Interstellar Cloud. My work includes numerical hydrodynamics and modeling the dust and gas processes in shocks.

Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison