Research

The list of papers I published is described in a specific page

My scientific interests are focused on two different areas, gravitational lensing and dark molecular clouds.



When the light of distant galaxies or quasars travels close to massive objects, such as other galaxies or galaxy clusters, it suffers a bending called gravitational lensing.

Under certain conditions (the lens is massive enough and both the lens and the source are sufficiently distant from us), a lens can produce multiple images from the same source, much like a mirage.


For example, in the figure above a spiral galaxy in the foreground produces 4 different images as the light of a distant quasar travels through the bulge of the galaxy.

Dark Molecular Clouds

A molecular cloud is a type of interstellar cloud whose density and size permits the formation of molecules, most commonly molecular hydrogen (H2).

Stars form inside the densest and coldest regions of molecular clouds.


NGC 3603 is one of the largest star-forming regions of the Galaxy.  Surrounding the cluster are natal clouds of glowing interstellar gas and obscuring dust, sculpted by energetic stellar radiation and winds.