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Faculty | Samir Salim

Salim SamirVisiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Astronomy,
The Ohio State University, 2002

Contact Information:

Department of Astronomy
Indiana University
Swain West 418
727 E 3rd St
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-4340

Biographical Information:

Samir Salim joined IU Astronomy faculty as a Research Scientist in 2009. He received his B.Sc. in Astrophysics from University of Belgrade, in Serbia, in 1996. The following year he started graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2002 (adviser Prof. A. Gould). Next he worked as a NASA’s GALEX postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 2002-06) and a research associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson (2006-09).

Research Interests

Dr. Salim’s research is focused on galaxy evolution. He is interested in understanding the complex interplay between: (a) in situ star formation, (b) gas accretion from intergalactic medium and/or mergers, and (c) the different mechanisms of star formation and AGN feedback. Dr Salim’s primary approach in studying these questions is to harness the statistical power of low-redshift large-scale surveys (SDSS, GALEX, WISE) in combination with higher-redshift multiwavelength surveys and the follow-up observations with the HST, Gemini and WIYN. He is one of the early adopters of data-intensive astrophysics and is currently focusing on next-generation efforts such as LSST. His career highlights include: the discovery of the “main sequence” of galaxy star formation, which is now considered one of the most useful concepts for understanding the mode of star formation across cosmic epochs; and the work on characterizing the “green valley” galaxy population, which offers clues to the quenching of star formation – a major open question in galaxy evolution. In addition, he has pioneered Bayesian SED fitting estimation of physical parameters of galaxies, which brought about a shift in how we think about and express galaxy properties. His prior work included close collaboration with Dr. Andrea Ghez on the characterization of the supermassive black hole in our galaxy. For this work Prof. Ghez was awarded a Crafoord prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2012, at which occasion Dr. Salim was present as a member of Prof. Ghez’s team of collaborators.


A105: Stars and Galaxies (for non-majors) (Fall 2009)

A780: Astro2010 Decadal Survey (graduate seminar)


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Publication Lists

Complete list of refereed publications from ADS

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Selected Publications