Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway


PhD, Astrophysics, University of Sydney, 2003
BSc (Hons), University of Western Sydney Nepean, 1998
Phone +61 (3) 9905 1725 FAX +61 (3) 9905 3637



My primary research area are supernova remnants. A supernova explosion marks the endpoint of a massive star evolution, resulting in an expanding shell, the supernova remnant (SNR), followed by slower moving stellar ejecta. The input of energy and freshly produced heavy elements into the interstellar medium make SNRs, dynamically and chemically, one of the most important objects in galaxies.

Life cycles of stars Image credit: Life cycles of stars from NASA's Imagine the Universe . The bottom diagram shows evolution of a normal mass star, like our Sun: the star is burning its fuel slowly, and towards the end of the life goes through a red giant phase, ending its life as a white dwarf, and then brown dwarf. The upper diagram shows the evolution of a massive star: the star is burning its fuel more rapidly, goes through a supernova stage and explodes, creating a supernova remnant shell that dissipates back into interstellar medium. The supernova explosion can also leave behind a compact stellar core, a neutron star or a black hole.

Current research interests:

  • gamma-ray emission and particle efficiency in old SNRs (see e.g. Abdo et al 2010, Science, vol. 327, page 1103);
  • origin of overionised plasma in mixed-morphology SNRs (see e.g. Yamaguchi et al. 2009, ApJ, vol. 705, page L6);
  • study of stellar nucleosythesis via SNR ejecta and link with SNR shocks and dust destruction in the interstellar medium (see e.g. Lee et al. 2010, ApJ, vol. 711, p. 861);
  • study of new class of neutron stars named 'compact central objects' that oppose to the standard scenario for neutron star creation (see e.g. Gotthelf et al. 2010, ApJ, vol. 709, page 436);
  • broad-band emission of pulsar wind nebulae and their evolution inside the SNRs (see e.g. Pellizzoni et al. 2010, Science, vol. 327, page 663);
  • plasma properties of filaments in galaxies (see e.g. Fraser et al. 2011, MNRAS).

News reports and public outreach:

The Missing Matter, article in Australasian Science

Monash student helps explain a mystery of the universe, ABC Radio National, The Science show with Robyn Williams

Why is research important, 774 ABC Melbourne, Sundays with Alan Brough

Amelia's summer job: finding part of the universe, The Age

Universe's Not-So-Missing Mass, Science Daily

Monash student finds Universe's missing mass, Monash University press release

Selected publications:

Fraser-McKelvie, A., Pimbblet, K. A., and Lazendic, J. S., (2011), An estimate of the electron density in filaments of galaxies at z~0.1 MNARS, 415, 1961; ADS link

Lovchinsky, I.; Slane, P.; Gaensler, B. M.; Hughes, J. P.; Ng, C.-Y.; Lazendic, J. S.; Gelfand, J. D.; Brogan, C. L, (2011), A Chandra Observation of Supernova Remnant G350.1-0.3 and Its Central Compact Object, ApJ, vol. 731, 70; ADS link

Lazendic, J. S.; Wardle, M.; Whiteoak, J. B.; Burton, M. G.; Green, A. J. (2010), Multiwavelength observations of the supernova remnant G349.7+0.2 interacting with a molecular cloud, MNRAS, vol. 409, p. 731; ADS link

Lazendic J. S., Dewey D., Schulz N. S., and Canizares C. R., (2006), The Kinematic and Plasma Properties of X-ray Knots in Casssiopea A from the Chandra HETGS, ApJ, vol. 651, p. 250; ADS link

Lazendic J. S., Slane P. O., (2006), Enhanced abundances in three large-diameter mixed-morphology supernova remnants, ApJ, vol. 647, p. 350; ADS link

Lazendic J. S., Slane P., Gaensler B., Reynolds, S., Plucinsky P., Hughes J. P. (2004), A high-resolution study of nonthermal radio and X-ray emission from SNR G347.3-0.5, ApJ, vol. 602, p. 271; ADS link

Lazendic J. S., Slane P., Gaensler B., Plucinsky P., Hughes J. P., Galloway D. K., Crawford F. (2003), X-ray observations of the compact central object in the supernova remnant G347.3-0.5, ApJ, vol. 593, p. 27L; ADS link

ApJ = The Astrophysical Journal MNRAS = Monthly Notices Royal Astronomical Society

Short bio:

Lecturer, 2012 - current

Margaret Clayton Research Fellow, Monash University, 2008- current

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004-2005

Research Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, 2001-2004

PhD in Astrophysics, University of Sydney, 1998-2001

BSc Honours (First Class) , UWS Nepean, 1997

Undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Astronomy, Belgrade University, 1990-1996