Dr. Esra Bulbul

Dr. Esra Bulbul

high-energy astrophysics
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Main Focus

Dr. Bulbul's research lies at the cross roads of astrophysics, cosmology, and particle physics. She is mostly recognised for her work on indirect searches of dark matter particle through its decay or annihilation in the X-ray band. She utilizes X-ray data from space telescopes (e.g. eROSITA, Chandra, XMM-Newton, Hitomi, Suzaku) with radio observations from the South Pole Telescope to study the properties and evolution of ordinary baryonic matter and dark matter in clusters of galaxies in her research. She was awarded more than $1M NASA funding as a PI, > 1Ms space-based and 49 hours of ground-based observations for her research. Dr. Bulbul was invited to more than 40 colloquia and international conferences World wide. She leads the clusters and cosmology group at MPE and is the chair of the eROSITA cluster and cosmology group. 

Research Interests:

  • Galaxy Groups and Clusters
  • Indirect Searches for Dark Matter
  • Cosmology
  • Large Scale Structure

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Esra Bulbul is a staff scientist and the leader of the galaxy clusters group at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010. She has held a staff scientist position at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and postdoctoral fellowships at CfA, MIT, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center prior to her arrival at MPE.

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