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B.R. McNamara, P.E.J. Nulsen, D.A. Rafferty, M. Wise, C. Carilli, C.L. Sarazin, E.L. Blanton. "The heating of gas in a galaxy cluster by X-ray cavities and large-scale shock fronts". 2005, Nature, 433, 45
L. Birzan, D. A. Rafferty, B. R. McNamara, M. W. Wise, & P. E. J. Nulsen. "A Systematic Study of Radio-Induced X-ray Cavities in Clusters, Groups, and Galaxies". 2004, ApJ, 607, 800
B.R. McNamara, M. Wise, P.E.J. Nulsen, L.P. David, C.L. Sarazin, M. Bautz, M. Markevitch, A. Vikhlinin, W.R. Forman, C. Jones, & D.E. Harris. "Chandra X-ray Observations of the Hydra A Cluster: An Interaction between the Radio Source and the Cluster's X-ray-emitting Gas". 2000, ApJ, 534, L135
B.R. McNamara, M.W. Wise, P.E.J. Nulsen, C.L. Sarazin, L.P. David, M. Donahue, C.P. O'Dea, S. Baum, M. Voit, R.W. O'Connell, & A. Koekemoer. "Discovery of Ghost Cavities in the X-ray Atmosphere of Abell 2597'. 2001, ApJ, 562, L149
C. R. Mullis, B.R. McNamara, H. Quintana, A. Vikhlinin, J. P. Henry, I. M. Gioia, A. Hornstrup, W. Forman, C. Jones. "The 160 Square Degree ROSAT Survey: The Revised Catalog of 201 Clusters with Spectroscopic Redshifts". 2003, ApJ, 594, 154
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1991 Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Virginia
1987 M.A., Astronomy, University of Virginia
1981 B.S., Astronomy, Villanova University
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