Peter Erwin's Home Page

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Astronomical Research

Who am I, and why is this page here? I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, involved in both observational and theoretical studies of nearby galaxies, with an eye towards finding, characterizing, and understanding their structure and dynamics. Particular interests include galactic bars (both single-bar and double-bar systems); the structure and extent of stellar disks; bulges and pseudobulges; central supermassive black holes, nuclear star clusters, and the relation of both to their host galaxies. And I've recently become involved in galaxy evolution studies as well, particularly trying to figure out how galaxy environment affects galaxy morphology.

For more information, see my Research Page.

Pretty Pictures: Images of two galaxies (originally presented at the June, 1996, meeting of the American Astronomical Society), are available for viewing here: NGC 2273 and NGC 2655.

Code: Astronomy-related open-source software projects can be found here: Software -- including Imfit, a fast, flexible program for fitting galaxy images.

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Last updated 20 July 2014.