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

The Next Generation Fornax Survey (NGFS): IV. Mass and Age Bimodality of Nuclear Clusters in the Fornax Core Region

Yasna Ordenes-Briceño, Thomas H. Puzia, Paul Eigenthaler, Matthew A. Taylor, & the NGFS Team

2018, ApJ accepted, astro-ph/1805.00491

Stellar Population Properties of Ultracompact Dwarfs in M87: A Mass─Metallicity Correlation Connecting Low-metallicity Globular Clusters and Compact Ellipticals

Hongxin Zhang, Thomas H. Puzia, Eric W. Peng, Chengze Liu, Patrick Côté, Laura Ferrarese, et al.

2018, ApJ 858, 37, astro-ph/1803.07577

The Next Generation Fornax Survey (NGFS): III. Revealing the Spatial Substructure of the Dwarf Galaxy Population inside half of Fornax's Virial Radius

Yasna Ordenes-Briceño, Paul Eigenthaler, Matthew A. Taylor, Thomas H. Puzia & the NGFS Team

2018, ApJ accepted, astro-ph/1803.10784

2004 EW95: A Phyllosilicate-bearing Carbonaceous Asteroid in the Kuiper Belt

Tom Seccull, Wesley C. Fraser, Thomas H. Puzia, Michael E. Brown, Frederik Schoenebeck

2018, ApJL 855, 26, astro-ph/1801.10163 - PRESS RELEASES: ESO, NYT, CNN, BBC, etc.