What is your position or role in the DESI project?
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at National Taiwan University, where I lead a project within the Galaxy Quasar Physics Working Group and the Absorbers Topical Group. The project aims to study the circumgalactic medium (CGM) of massive radio galaxies using DESI spectra.
Where were you born?
I was born in Taipei City and grew up in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
Where do you live now?
Currently, I live in Taipei, Taiwan. Taipei is the economic and cultural hub of Taiwan, seamlessly blends modern urbanity with a rich historical heritage.
What do you do as part of DESI?
I am using DESI quasar spectra to investigate the impacts of radio-mode feedback on the CGM by analyzing the absorption lines in the spectra. By studying the properties of CGMs, we could understand how the feedback affects the gas around galaxies and regulate the growth of massive galaxies. I am also a member of the DEI committee within DESI. The DEI committee is dedicated to combating the marginalization of underrepresented minorities, addressing issues having to do with inclusion within the collaboration.
What is the most interesting or exciting thing about your job?
Exploring the mysteries of the universe is the most exciting part of my job, as it involves answering scientific questions that have intrigued us for a long time and constantly learning new things. I always enjoy discussing scientific topics and interacting with other astronomers.
Any advice for an aspiring scientist?
Enjoy what you are doing. Not everyone may comprehend or appreciate your research topic, but if it’s something you’re truly passionate about, just go for it.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy swimming and biking, engaging in these activities weekly. On weekends, I like to spend time with friends and family, like going shopping, having afternoon tea, and watching movies. Additionally, I have a passion for traveling, exploring the unique characteristics of different cities and cultures worldwide.
If you weren’t a scientist, what would be your dream job?
I have a wide range of interests. With my proficiency in teaching math—having served as a math tutor throughout college and graduate school—I might be teaching math if I hadn’t become an astronomer. Beyond my scientific pursuits, I am fascinated by history and diplomacy. If I had chosen to major in international relations, I could have pursued a career as a diplomat.
What excites/interests you most about DESI?
DESI is expected to observe tens of millions of galaxies in the coming years, providing an extensive dataset for in-depth studies of their statistical properties. Moreover, DESI is able to observe fainter and more extreme galaxies than any other contemporary surveys. Exciting new scientific discoveries are certain to emerge from the wealth of data generated by the DESI survey.