Vol 12, No 8 (2012)

Martin C. Smith, Sakurako Okamoto, Hai-Bo Yuan and Xiao-Wei Liu

Posted: Apr 01, 2022

Prof. Mark R. Morris

Homepage: http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~morris/

Mark Morris is a Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has been since 1983. He has enjoyed research on the center of the Galaxy since being a graduate student in physics at the University of Chicago, but his PhD thesis topic there was on mass loss from evolved stars, a subject on which he continues to work. His other current areas of research include star formation and protostellar disks. Dr. Morris's work is primarily observational, and is carried out at all wavelengths, but has often involved theoretical explorations.

Dr. Leo Meyer


Assistant Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California Los Angeles

Contact Information:

Phone: 310-206-5617;
Email: leo@astro.ucla.edu


Ph.D., Physics, University of Cologne, Germany 2008
Diploma (M.Sc. equivalent), Physics, University of Aachen, Germany 2005

Research Expertise:

Galactic Center, Black Holes, General Relativity, High Resolution Imaging and Polarimetry with Adaptive Optics

Recent Professional Positions:

Assistant Researcher, University of California Los Angeles 2011 - present
Software Developer/Quantitative Analyst, German Investment Bank 2009 - 2010
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Los Angeles 2008 - 2009

Awards & Honors:

DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008 - 2009
Graduate Fellowship of the Max-Planck Society 2005 - 2008

Five Recent Relevant Publications:

  • Meyer, L.; Do, T.; Ghez, A.; Morris, M.; Yelda, S.; Eckart, A.; Schödel, R., 2009 "A power-law break in the near-infrared power spectrum of the Galactic center black hole," Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 694, Issue 1, pp. 87 - 91.

  • Meyer, L.; Do, T.; Ghez, A.; Morris, M.; Witzel, G.; Eckart, A.; Belanger, G.; Schödel, R., 2008 "A 600 Minute near-infrared lightcurve of Sagittarius A*," Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 688, pp.17-20.

  • Meyer, L.; Schödel, R.; Eckart, A.; Duschl, W. J.; Karas, V.; Dovčiak, M., 2007 "On the orientation of the Sagittarius A* system," Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 473, Issue 3, pp.707-710.

  • Meyer, L.; Eckart, A.; Schödel, R.; Duschl, W. J.; Mužić, K.; Dovčiak, M.; Karas, V., 2006 "Near-infrared polarimetry setting constraints on the orbiting spot model for Sgr A* flares," Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 460, Issue 1, pp.15-21.

  • Meyer, L.; Schödel, R.; Eckart, A.; Karas, V.; Dovčiak, M.; Duschl, W. J., 2006 "K-band polarimetry of an Sgr A* flare with a clear sub-flare structure," Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 458, Issue 2, pp.L25-L28.

Prof. Andrea M. Ghez

Andrea M. Ghez, distinguished professor of Physics & Astronomy and head of UCLA's Galactic Center Group, is a world-leading expert in observational astrophysics. She earned her B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1987 and her Ph.D. from Caltech in 1992, and has been on the faculty at UCLA since 1994. She has used the Keck telescopes to demonstrate the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, with a mass 4 million times that of our sun. This is the best evidence yet that these exotic objects really do exist, and provides us with a wonderful opportunity to study the fundamental laws of physics in the extreme environment near a black hole, and learn what role this black hole has played in the formation and evolution of our galaxy.

Professor Ghez has actively disseminated her work to a wide variety of audiences through more than 100 refereed papers and 200 invited talks, as well features in textbooks, documentaries, and science exhibits. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Crafoord Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, election to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Aaronson Award from the University of Arizona, the Sackler Prize from Tel Aviv University, the American Physical Society's Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, the American Astronomical Society's Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, a Sloan Fellowship, a Packard Fellowship, and several teaching awards. Her most recent service work includes membership on the National Research Council's Board on Physics & Astronomy, the Thirty-Meter-Telescope's Science Advisory Committee, the Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee, and the Research Strategies Working Group of the UC Commission on the Future.