Major research activity
My research is related to the structure and evolution of galaxies - the largest building blocks of the universe. Using mainly radio telescopes around the world (e.g. Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array), I am conducting observational research focused on star formation activity (processes of star forming from interstellar gas clouds) in nearby galaxies, as well as on active galactic nuclei (AGN) - luminous accretion disks around supermassive black holes known to exist at the centers of galaxies. I am a member of the project of constructing a Terahertz Telescope in Antarctica, and a project of conducting a large survey of the nearby galaxies using the Nobeyama Radio Observatory 45-m telescope in Japan.
I am teaching an introductory graduate course of astrophysics. A wide range of topics is covered from galactic structure (stars and interstellar medium) to the large-scale structure of the visible universe.
Major relevant publications
- Salak, D., Nakai, N., Hatakeyama, T., & Miyamoto, Y. "Gas dynamics and outflow in the barred starburst galaxy NGC 1808 revealed with ALMA", 2016, ApJ, 823, 68
- Salak, D., Nakai, N., & Kitamoto, S. “CO (J=3-2) observations of the starburst galaxy NGC 1808 with ASTE”, 2014, PASJ, 66, 96
- Salak, D., Nakai, N., Miyamoto, Y., Yamauchi, A., & Tsuru, T. G. “Large-field CO (J=1-0) observations of the starburst galaxy M82”, 2013, PASJ, 65, 66