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Assistant Professor SANHUEZA, Patricio

Research Field

  • Early stages of high-mass star formation - Infrared dark clouds - Clump fragmentation and chemistry - Disks in massive young stellar objects - Polarization observations and magnetic fields - Radio telescopes and interferometers


  • Ph.D. in Astronomy (Boston University)

Summary of Research

  • My main research interest focuses in understanding the formation of high-mass stars. To develop a more robust theory of high-mass star formation, I consider that different aspects of the star formation processes need to be explored, characterized, and understood. The main questions that motivate my research in high-mass star formation are: what characterizes the early stages of high-mass star formation? What is the importance of magnetic fields in the formation of high-mass stars? How do high-mass binary systems form? Are there Keplerian disks around high-mass stars? What is the origin of the initial mass function (IMF)? To address all these questions, my main instrument for research is ALMA, but I have used al large amount of radio telescope around the world: SMA, VLA, CARMA, ATCA, Nobeyama, Mopra, APEX, ASTE, and GBT.

Research Achievements or Papers

  • “The ALMA Survey of 70 μm Dark High-mass Clumps in Early Stages (ASHES). I. Pilot Survey: Clump Fragmentation”, Sanhueza, P., Contreras, Y., Wu, B., et al. 2019, ApJ, 886, 102
  • “A Massive Prestellar Clump Hosting No High-mass Cores”, Sanhueza, P., Jackson, J. M., Zhang, Q., et al. 2017, ApJ, 841, 97
  • “Distinct Chemical Regions in the "Prestellar" Infrared Dark Cloud G028.23-00.19”, Sanhueza, P., Jackson, J. M., Foster, J. B., et al. 2013, ApJ, 773, 123
  • “Chemistry in Infrared Dark Cloud Clumps: A Molecular Line Survey at 3 mm”, Sanhueza, P., Jackson, J. M., Foster, J. B., et al. 2012, ApJ, 756, 60
  • “Molecular Outflows Within the Filamentary Infrared Dark Cloud G34.43+0.24”, Sanhueza, P., Garay, G., Bronfman, L., et al. 2010, ApJ, 715, 18

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