Kavli IPMU / U. Tokyo
kevin.bundy at ipmu jp
The MaNGA survey has revealed a new class of galaxies called “red geysers” that harbor supermassive black holes with winds that have the power to keep dormant galaxies quiet. You can read the Nature discovery paper by Edmond Cheung, myself, and the MaNGA team or check out press coverage from the PBS Newshour, the UK's Daily Mail, and Japan's Asahi Shinbun (朝日新聞).
resolving the physics of galaxy formation
I am the founder and Principal Investigator of MaNGA, one of three programs in the current Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV). MaNGA stands for Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory and is obtaining resolved spectroscopy for an unprecedented 10,000 galaxies. MaNGA will study the life history of galaxies, providing clues about their early formation, maps characterizing their ongoing growth, and insight into the processes that eventually cause their star formation to "die out." We have over 300 team members spanning more than 60 institutions around the world.
a new era of High-precision with large-volume surveys
Dark energy surveys are ushering in a new era of high-precision galaxy evolution where evolving populations can be tracked with vanishing statistical uncertainties. I am developing the observational and interpretative framework needed to exploit these large-volume data sets to answer questions like, how do galaxies grow? Do they assemble hierarchically like their dark matter halos? What drives transformations between evolving populations?
The Stripe 82 Massive Galaxy Catalog
Synthetic Aperture Matched Photometry
The S82MGC is a uniformly processed set of data products comprising the largest-volume mass-complete sample of galaxies beyond z > 0.1 constructed to date (Bundy et al. 2015b).
SuMIRe: Subaru's Hyper Surpime Cam and Prime Focus Spectrograph
The 300-night Hyper Suprime Cam (HSC, pictured) survey is underway at the Subaru Telescope ahead of the 2400-fiber Prime Focus Spectrograph planned for 2019. HSC-Wide will span 1400 deg2 to 26th magnitude in grizY bands, opening enormous volumes to galaxy evolution work at z < 2.
My work utilizes new "Big Data" survey programs combined with observations from premier telescopes to probe the physical processes responsible for the growth and evolution of galaxies over the last 10 billion years. I have been an assistant professor at IPMU since 2011. Before moving to Japan, I was a Hubble Fellow at UC Berkeley and previous to that, a postdoc fellow at the University of Toronto. I did my Ph.D. at Caltech. In fall 2016, I'll be moving to a new position at UCO and UC Santa Cruz.
IPMU group includes:
Edmond Cheung (IPMU Postdoctoral Fellow)
Dave Stark (IPMU Postdoctoral Fellow)
Song Huang (postdoc)
Benedetta Vulcani (postdoc, now U. of Melbourne)
I really don't know much about Japanese manga, but I do like jazz and play a little jazz piano... actually, it's normal sized (this joke courtesy of Victor Borge, I believe).
Copyright, K. Bundy 2016