Gerard Mark Voit

Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Location: 3270 Biomed Phys Sci
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I’m currently an astronomy professor at Michigan State University.  My journey here started in suburban Philadelphia.  I graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1979 and from Princeton in 1983, with an A.B. in Astrophysical Sciences.  My Ph.D. in Astrophysics (1990) is from the University of Colorado.  Then came three years as a Research Fellow at Caltech, two more as a Hubble Fellow at Johns Hopkins, and eight as an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, working on the Hubble Space Telescope project, before Michigan State brought me on board in 2003.

# Research Interests:
Mark's research explores how the hydrogen and helium gas that pervaded the early universe becomes transformed into the stars and galaxies we see today. Gravity draws matter into increasingly larger structures as time passes, but as stars begin to form, feedback from supernovae and supermassive black holes start to inhibit additional star formation. Mark is particularly interested in how feedback mechanisms operate in groups and clusters of galaxies. He also studies how the properties of dark matter and dark energy can be deduced from observations of the evolution of galaxy clusters.

# Education
* 1990: Ph.D., University of Colorado
* 1983: A.B., Princeton

Selected Publications

  • Voit, G. Mark and Donahue, M., "Cooling Time, Freefall Time, and Precipitation in the Cores of ACCEPT Galaxy Clusters" ApJ 799, L1 [2015]
  • Voit, G. Mark, Bryan, Greg L,, et al., "Precipitation-regulated Star Formation in Galaxies" ApJ 808, L30 [2015]
  • Voit, G. Mark, Donahue, M., et al., "Regulation of star formation in giant galaxies by precipitation, feedback and conduction" Nature 519 issue 7542 pp. 203-206 [2015]
  • Voit, G. Mark, Donahue, M., et al., "Supernova Sweeping and Black Hole Feedback in Elliptical Galaxies" ApJ 803, L21 [2015]