Tony Wong’s Research Group

Tony Wong is an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Previously he held research positions at the Australia Telescope National Facility and the University of New South Wales.  He primarily studies the interstellar medium (ISM) in nearby galaxies and its relation to star formation.

Research Interests

Current Projects

  1. The ISM in Edge-on Galaxies.  Graduate student Kijeong Yim is examining a sample of edge-on spirals with CO, HI, and Spitzer imaging to study the structure of disks and its relation to star formation.  We are working to expand this sample in collaboration with Richard Rand (UNM) and others.

  2. Connecting HI and CO line profiles and Tully-Fisher relations.  Graduate student David Rebolledo is examining how gas distributions and kinematics affect integrated HI and CO line profiles, with an eye towards interpreting the integrated spectra of distant galaxies.

  3. MAGMA, the Magellanic Mopra Assessment.  We are conducting a CO survey of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds that achieves the best available angular resolution on clouds detected by the NANTEN survey.  Observations are being conducted with the Mopra telescope in Australia.

  4. BIMA Survey of Nearby Galaxies CO Data Archive (BIMA SONG CODA).  We are re-processing the original visibility data to yield additional and improved legacy data products for the community.

  5. CARMA Survey Towards Infrared-bright Nearby Galaxies (CARMA STING).  We are conducting a new extragalactic survey for CARMA, which is based on IR-luminous galaxies from the IRAS Revised Bright Galaxy Sample with a wealth of ancillary data (including VLA, SDSS, and Spitzer).


Information on ASTR 405 (Spring 2016) (Course website on

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Publications and Curriculum Vitae

Tony Wong
Department of Astronomy
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Urbana, IL 61801
+1 (217) 244-4207