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Michael Rutkowski

PAN 355 (office)
rutkowsk @ astro.umn.edu • http://homepages.spa.umn.edu/~rutkowsk

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I arrived Summer 2013 at UMN IfA as a post-doctoral researcher to work with Dr. Claudia Scarlata on projects which use ground- and space-based observatories to study the formation and evolution of galaxies across cosmic time. On the ground, we use the LBT, MMT and WIYN observatories to study galaxies at UV wavelengths in the distant Universe (z~2). Molecular Oxygen, great for preventing sunburns but horrible for UV astrophysics, in the Earth's atmosphere demands that we use observatories like HST, GALEX, and SWIFT to study these same characteristics in lower redshift galaxies.

Summary of Interests
Star formation in early-type galaxies, Grism spectroscopy of intermediate-z massive galaxies; Lyman-alpha and UV continuum

About My Work

Irons in the fire include ---
With UMN folks: WISPs, 3DHST, Lya/Lyc; this changes by the hour, stay posted
With ASU folks: U-band imaging of deep fields; spectroscopy of massive ETGs
With UCR folks: Clusters, clusters, clusters

Education

Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2013
M.S., Arizona State University, 2010
B.S., Hampden Sydney College, 2007