PhD, University of Virginia | Key Collaborator: Eric Bell
Formation and evolution of the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds
David Nidever is focused on understanding the structure, formation, and evolution of our Milky Way galaxy and its largest satellite galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds, using several large-scale surveys. He is a key team member of the SDSS-III APOGEE (Apache Point observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment) which is obtaining high-resolution H-band spectra of 100,000 giant stars in the Milky Way. David is also an expert on the Magellanic Stream, a large gaseous tail originating in the Magellanic Clouds, and has used the 100-m Green Bank Telescope to study its extent and structure. He is conducting several large surveys of the stellar periphery of the Magellanic Clouds. Most recenty, David is leading SMASH (Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History), a large photometric survey of the Magellanic Clouds using CTIO+DECam, that will reveal their stellar structure and star formation histories to unprecedented levels.
Milky Way structure, Magellanic Clouds, High Velocity Clouds, exoplanets, large photometric and spectroscopic surveys, software development.
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