Rosalie McGurk

Postdoctoral Fellow


I am working with Steve Shectman to design and build the Reformatting Optically Sensitive IMACS-Enhancing Integral Field Unit (ROSIE IFU) for the IMACS wide-field camera spectrograph on the Magellan Baade Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory.  I am also helping to build a new near-infrared multi-object spectrograph for Magellan with configurable cryogenic slits and full JHK band coverage.  

​Beyond instrumentation, I am finishing a project hunting for pairs of AGNs present in double-peaked emission line merging galaxies in the near-IR and X-rays.  I have also begun a near-IR spectroscopy project to examine and characterize the multiphase near-IR outflows found in low star formation rate surface density galaxies previously thought incapable of driving outflows.

  • Bachelors of Science in Astronomy and in Physics, Minor in Math, 2009, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2015, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California.
Building instruments, merging galaxies, active black holes, outflows, adaptive optics