Scott Randall

I currently work at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, High Energy Astrophysics Division, as a Mission Planner on the Science Operations Team for the Chandra X-ray Observatory. My research involves theoretical, computational, and high-energy observational studies of clusters of galaxies and galaxy groups, in particular merging systems. Recent work includes running numerical simulations and comparing the results with observations of the "bullet cluster" to learn something about the physical properties of dark matter. For more information on the "bullet cluster", including pretty pictures, press releases, publications, and even public data releases, check out this page.
Chandra X-ray image (left) and Voronoi Tessellation temperature map (right) of the core of the Abell 2052 galaxy cluster. Enormous bubbles are blown into the hot intracluster gas by a supermassive black hole powering the central AGN.
Mosaic of 9 Chandra observations of M86 and the surrounding field. Point sources have been removed. The long tail is formed by ram pressure stripping as M86 falls into the Virgo cluster of galaxies (off image to the lower left) and interacts with the Virgo ICM. A high-resolution version of the paper on these data is available here.

Last modified: Thu Jun 5 2008