Marc’s Research Projects

 
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field including UV datahttp://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/27/

The role that gas reservoirs play in the formation and evolution of galaxies is an enduring puzzle. This gas presumably provides much of the fuel for star formation and drives galaxy evolution, yet fundamental properties of the gas and its connection with high-redshift galaxies are still poorly understood. My research focuses on solving these questions in order to form a more complete picture of the interplay of gas and stars in sustaining the growth of galaxies.

Deep Keck u-Band Imaging of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field: A Catalog of z~3 Lyman Break Galaxies

University of California, San Diego

Astrophysical Journal, 2009

Star Formation from DLA Gas in the

Outskirts of Lyman Break Galaxies at z~3

University of California, San Diego

Astrophysical Journal, 2011

Validation of the performance of the silicon detectors of the PHOBOS experiment at RHIC.

2001 Brookhaven National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters 2002

The variability of stars near the super massive black hole Sgr A*.

University of California, Los Angeles
Astrophysical Journal 2007

Chandra X-ray observations of the supernova remnant 0506-68.0

2004 Rutgers University

Astrophysical Journal 2006

Metallicity Evolution of Damped Lyman Alpha Systems out to z~5

University of California, San Diego and

California Institute of Technology (IPAC)

Astrophysical Journal 2012

UVUDF: Ultraviolet Imaging of the Hubble Ultradeep Field with Wide-field Camera 3

California Institute of Technology (IPAC)

Astronomical Journal 2013

The Rapid Decline in Metallicity of Damped Ly-alpha Systems at z~5

California Institute of Technology (IPAC)

Astrophysical Journal Letters 2014

Press Release on my work on the UVUDF

I am part of the core leadership for the UVUDF team, and contributed to creating this new UV sensitive color image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. See this cool article on the press release by Slate’s Phil Plait.

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Google Scholar Publication listhttp://scholar.google.com/citations?user=L2ECjnMAAAAJ&hl=enhttp://scholar.google.com/citations?user=L2ECjnMAAAAJ&hl=enshapeimage_7_link_0

Specifically, my research aims to further our understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies by studying the physical characteristics and processes of high redshift galaxies and their associated gas reservoirs. I have been working towards this via chemical abundance and star formation studies of damped Lyman-alpha systems, which provide a unique laboratory for understanding the conversion of cold neutral gas into stars at high redshift.