The Universe holds many secrets-and uncovering some of them could provide answers that can help us solve technological problems here on Earth. Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Canada Research Chair in Extreme Astrophysics, is trying to shed light on how matter behaves in extreme environments that are unlike those on Earth. She and her research team are also studying the origin of the heavy elements and of the high-energy cosmic rays that drive the evolution of galaxies.
To address these questions, they are using high-resolution imaging, spectroscopic and multi-messenger observations, and modelling of high-energy astrophysical phenomena associated with stellar explosions. Their work is driving technological innovation and providing unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the large datasets that industry and government use today.