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Paul Martini
Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy
The Ohio State University

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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy at The Ohio State University.

My research interests include the formation and evolution of galaxies, the evolution of supermassive black holes, particularly as active galactic nuclei (AGN), and instrumentation for telescopes. I am presently working on the interplay between dust, molecular gas, and star formation in nearby galaxies, as well as studying the impact of the intracluster medium on the evolution of galaxies in clusters. Two key questions I have addressed in my earlier research are how AGN are fueled and the lifetime of AGN.

I have also worked on the development of visible and near-infrared cameras and spectrographs for moderate to large aperture telescopes. My previous instrumentation work includes the PANIC near-infrared camera for Magellan, the MMIRS near-infrared multi-slit spectrograph for the MMT and Magellan telescopes, the OSMOS multi-object spectrograph and R4K Camera for MDM, and the KOSMOS and COSMOS spectrographs for Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, respectively. I am presently working on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument for the 4-m Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Mini Bio

I am originally from the great city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I graduated from Central High School and Temple University (with a year studying abroad at the Universität Hamburg).

After college I attended graduate school at The Ohio State University and enjoyed postdoctoral fellowships as a Carnegie Fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and as a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Here is my Academic Genealogy.

Twitter: @martini_paul


Astronomy 1142: Black Holes [Autumn 2014]
Astronomy 5830: Observed Properties of Stars and Galaxies [Autumn 2014]

Select Previous Courses

Astronomy 4194: Essential Radio Astronomy [May 2014]
Astronomy 1142: Black Holes [Spring 2014]
Astronomy 869: Observational Cosmology and Active Galactic Nuclei [Winter Quarter 2011]
Astronomy 161: Introduction to Solar System Astronomy [Winter Quarter 2012]
Astronomy 890: Astronomical Instrumentation [Spring Quarter 2008]

I also organize the Astronomy Department's Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Review Articles

Why does Low-Luminosity AGN Fueling Remain an Unsolved Problem?
invited review in "The Interplay among Black Holes, Stars and ISM in Galactic Nuclei," Proc. IAU 222 (Gramado, Brazil), eds. Th. Storchi Bergmann, L.C. Ho, H.R. Schmitt, (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 235 [pdf]
QSO Lifetimes
invited review in "Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series, Vol. 1: Coevolution of Black Holes and Galaxies," ed. L. C. Ho (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 170 [pdf]

Select Recent Publications

Stellar Velocity Dispersion Measurements in High-Luminosity Quasar Hosts and Implications for the AGN Black Hole Mass Scale
C.J. Grier, Paul Martini, L.C. Watson, B.M. Peterson et al. 2013, ApJ, 773, 90 [pdf | Video]

The Origin of Dust in Early-Type Galaxies and Implications for Accretion onto Supermassive Black Holes
Paul Martini, Daniel Dicken, and Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann 2013, ApJ, 766, 121 [pdf]
The Cluster and Field Galaxy AGN Fraction at z = 1 to 1.5: Evidence for a Reversal of the Local Anticorrelation Between Environment and AGN Fraction
Paul Martini, Eric Miller, Mark Brodwin, et al. 2013, ApJ, 768, 1 [pdf]

The Mass-Metallicity Relation with the Direct Method on Stacked Spectra of SDSS Galaxies
Brett Andrews and Paul Martini, 2013, ApJ, 765, 140 [pdf | Video]


Useful Astronomical Data
Mask Design Software: MMS for MODS and OMS for OSMOS

PhD Program in Astronomy at the Ohio State University

We offer a unique PhD program with a very strong emphasis on research. Our graduating students have typically authored or co-authored 7-12 refereed journal articles by the time they complete the program, in addition to numerous conference papers and abstracts. Our 1st- and 2nd-year students are already active researchers, publishing papers, attending conferences, giving talks, going on observing runs, and working in the instrument lab. Click here for more information.

Last updated: 5 May 2014