Dr. Angela Adamo is a young researcher affiliated with the Stockholm University Astronomy department and the Oskar Klein Centre. She has recently been awarded two prestigious grants. The first, a Starting Grant from the Swedish Research Council, provides resources to help junior researchers establish themselves. The second is a career grant from the Swedish National Space Board. These grants will support Dr. Adamo’s position and will allow her to build up a small group formed by a graduate student and a post-doctoral researcher.
Dr. Adamo’s research uses young star clusters as units of star formation history and stellar feedback in nearby galaxies. Young star clusters contain hundreds of thousands of stars which are gravitationally bound in a space of about 3 light years and which stay bound for hundreds of millions of years. See the image below for an example of a young star cluster in our Milky Way galaxy. Star clusters are a product of the star formation process; they are different than field stars which disperse quickly after they form. Dr. Adamo and her group will investigate the clustering properties of star formation to probe how star formation proceeds from the smallest scales (the size of our solar system) to galactic scales (the size of our Milky Way) in a self-consistent way. The goal is to provide important pieces of observational information that will help to build a consistent picture of galaxy formation and evolution.