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Loren Anderson, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
White Hall, Room G63
Morgantown,WV 26506

Phone: 304-293-4884

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Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on Galactic HII regions, the zones of ionized gas surrounding young massive stars. HII regions are one of the primary mechanisms that inject energy into the Galaxy. They are relatively rare but have a large impact on their surroundings.

Among other projects, Loren is currently working on building a large catalog of Galactic HII regions. This catalog will have numerous functions: it will allow us to better characterise the mean statistical properties of HII regions, trace Galactic structure, determine differences in star formation properties in a variety of environments, and examine the impact of evolved HII regions in triggering the creation of second generation stars. The research employs the Green Bank Telescope extensively in these investigations.

Dr. Anderson comes to WVU by way of Marseille, France, where he spent two years working on data from the Herschel Space Observatory.


He earned his PhD from Boston University in 2009.
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