David A. Buote

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995, Physics
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992, Physics
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990, Physics

Phone: (949) 824-6280
Fax: (949) 824-2174
Email: buote@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
4129 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
X-ray astronomy; dark matter; structure, formation and evolution of massive galaxies and galaxy clusters; hydrostatic equilibrium mass-modeling techniques; elemental abundances and the enrichment of hot interstellar and intracluster media
Chandra (now Einstein) Fellowship, 1998-2000, University of California, Santa Cruz
Research Associate, 1996-1998, Cambridge University, U.K.
Postdoctoral Researcher, 1995-1996, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Abstract
My research uses X-ray observations as a probe of galaxy formation and evolution, a topic that encompasses a wide range of astrophysical problems of current interest such as the nature and distribution of dark matter in the Universe and the role of feedback processes in galaxy formation, such as the ejection of metals into the intergalactic medium. The breadth of this problem requires studying phenomena that manifest themselves across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Of particular relevance to my research is that X-ray observations provide the principal means to study the diffuse hot plasma (T = 10-100 MK) in elliptical galaxies, groups, and clusters of galaxies, which usually extends to larger radii and, in the case of clusters, contains even more baryonic mass than do the stars. X-ray astronomy continues to experience an exciting period of discovery with the successful operations of multiple world-class telescopes.
Professional Societies
American Astronomical Society
International Astronomical Union
American Physical Society
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