Dr. Ángel R. López-Sánchez

Postdoc at Australian Astronomical Observatory / Macquarie University

Astronomy & Astrophysics
using multiwavelength data

Rainbow over the Anglo-Australian Telescope in Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia © Á.R.L-S.

Welcome to my personal webpage!

Just a bit about me...

My name is Ángel Rafael López-Sánchez(*) and I am a Spanish astrophysicist working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and the Macquarie University (MQ) (Sydney, Australia) with a Joint AAO/MQ Postdoctoral Fellowship position.

My research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies. I’m using a multiwavelength approach and hence I'm combining ultraviolet, optical, infrared and radio data to characterise the physical and chemical properties of galaxies and get clues about their nature and evolution. The main project I’ll will be working on during my joint AAO/MQ position is to perform a detailed analysis of the properties (stellar and gas masses, star-formation activity, dust content and metallicity) of a sample of ~ 80 gas-rich galaxies of the Local Volume ( ~10 Mpc). This analysis is needed to get a better understanding of the physical processes than govern the star-formation efficiency of galaxies and to constrain models of galaxy evolution. I'm also working in the analysis of the ionized gas and the ionization structure of Galactic nebulae.

I’m originally from the city of Córdoba (Spain). I got my Physics Degree at the University of Granada in 2000 and my PhD Thesis at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias / La Laguna University (Tenerife, Spain) in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 I worked at the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia Telescope National Facility), obtaining many radio and optical data of galaxies of the Local Volume.

I have a large experience teaching and supporting students and giving lectures and talks about Astronomy. I consider that outreach is very important and I’m usually involved in these activities. I’m also an amateur astronomer and enjoy observing the sky with my eyes, binoculars or small telescopes and taking astronomical pictures using my own equipment. In this webpage you will find a large compilation of images which includes astronomical images of galaxies from my own research, beautiful nebulae images, pictures of the observatories I had visited, and some of my old and new observations, drawings and pictures made using amateur techniques, . The majority of these images are hosted in my Flickr webpage. Since 2004 I keep a blog about Astronomy, El Lobo Rayado (The Lined Wolf is the English Translation using Google), however, the majority of it is in Spanish. I also have Facebook and Twitter profiles.

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(*) That is my full name. Ángel is a typical Spanish name for boys, it is pronounced somewhat similar to an-hell, stressing the an (that is why Spanish language has tildes, to know the stressful syllable). Rafael is my second name, it is very common in Córdoba, the Spanish city where I'm from, because the Raphael Archangel is its patron. Indeed, my cousins are named José Rafael, Jesús Rafael or Francisco Rafael. We have TWO SURNAMES in Spain because women do not lose hers after they are married. López (that means The son of Lope) is my father's first surname (Ángel López Bustos), and Sánchez (The son of Sancho) is my mother's first surname (María José Sánchez Vargas). You can not imagine all the problems I have outside Spain because of this!


Dr. Ángel R. López-Sánchez

Australian Astronomical Observatory

105 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113

PO Box 915, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia

Phone: +61 (0)2 9372 4898
FAX: +61 (0)2 9372 4880

E-mail: alopez [at] aao [dot] gov [dot] au

Macquarie University

Department of Physics and Astronomy,
NSW 2109, Australia

E-mail: angel.lopez-sanchez [at] mq [dot] edu [dot] au

Me and the 2dF instrument at the Anglo-Australian Telescope
at Siding Spring Observatory.

Me at the AAT