Thomas H. Puzia ● Institute of Astrophysics ● Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

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Thomas H. Puzia

Welcome to my site. I am a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Institute of Astrophysics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago de Chile; I am also the ‘liaison’ professor for the DAAD graduate student exchange program with the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

As an observational astronomer, my raison d'être is the formation and evolution of galaxies, their star cluster systems and stellar populations. I am also working on population synthesis models especially at high spectral resolution, chemical abundance analyses and enrichment models.

Together with the team members of my “Complex Stellar Systems” research group we are leading numerous large-scale survey projects, thanks to our privileged access to the observatories located in Chile as well as the computational infrastructure at our institute. 


Recent Publications

A Universe of Ultradiffuse Galaxies: Theoretical Predictions from ΛCDM Simulations

Yu Rong, Qi Guo, Liang Gao, Shihong Liao, Lizhi Xie, Thomas H. Puzia, Shuangpeng Sun, Jun Pan

2017, MNRAS 470, 4231, astro-ph/1703.06147

The Survey of Centaurus A's Baryonic Structures (SCABS). II. The Extended Globular Cluster System of NGC5128 and its Nearby Environment

Matthew A. Taylor, Thomas H. Puzia, Roberto P. Muñoz, Steffen Mieske, Hongxin Zhang, Paul Eigenthaler, Mia Sauda Bovill

2017, MNRAS 469, 3444, astro-ph/1608.07288

The Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS). XXVI. The Issues of Photometric Age and Metallicity Estimates for Globular Clusters

Mathieu Powalka, Ariane Lançon, Thomas H. Puzia & the NGVS Team

2017, ApJ 844, 104, astro-ph/1706.04194