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Paul Martini
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Astronomy
The Ohio State University

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I am a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at The Ohio State University. I am also the Vice Chair of the Department.

My research interests are presently focused on topics related to observational cosmology and instrumentation, particularly for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). This is a major new instrument for the Mayall 4-m telescope that will conduct a redshift survey of over 30 million galaxies and quasars to study the origin of cosmic acceleration. I am particularly interested in measurements of the baryon acoustic oscillation signal with high-redshift quasars. I also serve as DESI Instrument Scientist, and contribute to many aspects of the design and testing of the extraordinary new instrumentation for this project.

My other interests include the formation and evolution of galaxies and the evolution of supermassive black holes, particularly quasars. My main research in this area combines data from the Dark Energy Survey and the OzDES Project to measure the masses of supermassive black holes via the reverberation mapping technique.

Some of the main questions I have addressed in my earlier research are how AGN are fueled, the lifetime of AGN, the evolution of AGN in clusters of galaxies, and the interplay between dust, molecular gas, and star formation in nearby galaxies. My previous instrumentation projects include 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 for MDM, and the KOSMOS and COSMOS spectrographs for Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, respectively.

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 5830: Observed Properties of Astronomical Systems [Autumn 2016]

Select Previous Courses

Astronomy 5830: Observed Properties of Astronomical Systems [Autumn 2014, 2015]
Astronomy 1142: Black Holes [Spring 2014, Autumn 2014]
Astronomy 4194: Essential Radio Astronomy [May 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

A Study of Quasar Selection in the Supernova Fields of the Dark Energy Survey
Suk Sien Tie, Paul Martini, Dale Mudd, et al. 2017, AJ, 153, 107 [ADS | Video]

Circumstellar Dust, PAHs, and Stellar Populations in Early-Type Galaxies: Insights from GALEX and WISE
Gregory Simonian and Paul Martini, 2017, MNRAS, 464, 3920 [ADS | Video]

A recalibration of strong-line oxygen abundance diagnostics via the direct method and implications for the high-redshift universe
Jonathan Brown, Paul Martini, and Brett Andrews, 2016, MNRAS, 458, 1529 [ADS | Video]

Simulations of the OzDES AGN Reverberation Mapping Project
Anthea L. King, Paul Martini, Tamara M. Davis, et al. 2015, MNRAS, submitted [pdf]

KOSMOS and COSMOS: new facility instruments for the NOAO 4-meter telescopes
Paul Martini, Jay Elias, S. Points, D. et al. 2014, SPIE, 9147 [pdf]

Publications via ADS Library and


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: 14 August 2016