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 Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS). XXIV. The Red Sequence to ~106 Lsol and Comparisons with Galaxy Formation Models

Joel Reodiger & the NGVS Team

2017, ApJ 835, 184, astro-ph/1610.09377

The Lost Dwarfs of Centaurus A and the Formation of its Dark Globular Clusters

Mia Sauda Bovill, Thomas H. Puzia, Massimo Ricotti, Matthew A. Taylor

2016, ApJ, accepted, astro-ph/1608.06957

Faint Dwarf Galaxies in Hickson Compact Group 90 

Yasna Ordenes-Briceño, Matthew A. Taylor, Thomas H. Puzia, Roberto P. Muñoz, Paul Eigenthaler, Iskren Y. Georgiev, Paul Goudfrooij, Michael Hilker, Ariane Lançon, et al.

2016, MNRAS 463, 1284, astro-ph/1608.05082

New Constraints on a Complex Relation between Globular Cluster Colors and Environment

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

2016, ApJL 829, 5, astro-ph/1608.08628