Mark Whittle, Professor
Phone: (434) 924-4900
Fax: (434) 924-3104
Office: 216 Astronomy Building
Department of Astronomy
530 McCormick Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
- Curriculum Vitae
- BA & MA in Physics: Oxford University
- Ph.D. in Astronomy: Cambridge University
- NATO & Lindemann Fellowships: Steward Observatory, Arizona
- Research Fellowship: Jesus College Cambridge
- Professor: University of Virginia
- PDF version of my CV (June 2008)
- Research Interests
- Active galaxies
- Normal galaxy dynamics
- Star formation in galaxies
- Galaxy Clusters
- Public Outreach
- 1) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe
- A 36 lecture course on 6 DVDs
- 18 hours of lectures with 1700 images & animations.
- Made for "The Teaching Company"
- Order direct from the company click here.
- Released November 2008
Sale price $99, every few weeks.
- 2) Big Bang Acoustics
- Listen to the Big Bang !
- Follow the links below
- (or click image)
- There are three levels of description:
Overview (1 & 2); Intermediate (3); and Advanced (4)
The sounds are .wav and most movies are Quicktime (.mov).
Your computer must recognize these to play them.
Note also: small (laptop) computer speakers miss the deep tones.
Please use & download any part. All I ask is that if
you use it publicly,
please acknowledge its source, thank you.
1) Brief summary:
ascii (3.5kb) (2 paragraphs)
2a) Press release:
A 6 page description of the project in non-technical language.
2b) Short Article:
Article for "Echoes": Newsletter of the Acoustical Society of America.
Somewhat different emphasis; slightly more technical (3 pages).
2c) Longer article:
Article for "Griffith Observer": Primal Scream: Sounds from the Big Bang.
General audience; fuller article, with figures and sounds. (10 pages).
3) Web Site:
A fairly complete account of Big Bang Acoustics, in 16 sections.
Many sounds and movies to play (and download).
Safari best, other browsers may not work as well.
A separate collection of sounds & movies is located
4) UVa / NRAO colloquium:
More technical talk to UVa / NRAO astronomy faculty (5/18/04)
Wider range of topics discussed. Sound/movies not included.
5) Audio CD version: (Not yet available)
6) Audio podcasts for the 2009 "365 Days of Astronomy"
Two 10-minute interviews (produced by Richard Drumm):
June 27: "Cries from the Infant Universe"
Dec 3: "When the Universe was Young"
- Other Public Outreach
- 3) A Brief History of Matter
Recounts of the origin of atoms, from inside stars to you and me.
Includes deeper roots in the Big Bang, and further reflections.
Web version, with figures.
PDF version (text only, no figures).
First published as three articles in India's Akashmitra (2003/4)
Prize essay in Griffith Observer Science Writing Contest (2004)
- 4) Nature's Design
Lecture in UVa's "Designing Matter" Course (04/04)
Aims to provide a "big picture" overview.
Focuses on why Nature is so creative.
(8.7 MB, no movies or sounds)
PDF : Color (1/page) Color (6/page) B/W (6/page)
Themes explored via questions: PDF & ascii
- Courses Recently Taught
- Astronomy 121 Intro to the Sky and the Solar System
- Astronomy 1220 Intro to Stars, Galaxies and the Universe
- Astronomy 1230 Intro to Astronomical Observations
- Astronomy 395 Astronomy Tutorial
- Astronomy 498 Senior Thesis
- Astronomy 836 Graduate Research Topics
- USEM 170 The Sound of Creation
- Rodman Seminar Cosmology
- Astronomy 5630/40 Graduate Extragalactic Astronomy
(Extensive Lecture Notes and other resources)
[tar files for the whole site & associated movies
(350 & 430 MB) are here (Aug 2013)
Place Movies directory within main astr553 directory for links to work]
My research focuses primarily on Seyfert's and other active
galaxies. For this research I use large optical telescopes, as well as
the Hubble Space Telescope.
Three images of the Seyfert 2 active galaxy, Markarian 78. Top:
NICMOS near IR image showing the smooth starlight distribution.
Middle: WFPC [OIII] 5007 emission line image shows diffuse doubly ionized
oxygen. Bottom: VLA 3.6cm radio shows synchrotron emission
from relativistic particles ejected from the
nucleus in a jet. These images are part of our study of
jet-gas interactions in active galaxies.
Big Bang Acoustics
AAS Denver press talk on Big Bang Acoustics (June 04).
The sound an object makes (whether the Universe or, in this
case, a wine glass) tells us about its structure. |
(photo: Richard Dreiser, AAS)
Click on image to hear Creation's first 400,000 years. Picture shows
evolution of sound spectrum, with fundamental and harmonics dropping
to lower pitch. (See Big Bang Acoustics) links on the left.
All links are to powerpoint files.
(5.7 MB) Physics Department, UNSW, 03/03
Black Holes in Galaxy Nuclei
(5.9 MB) IUCAA, Pune, India, 10/02
When the Universe was Young
(5.0 MB) Popular talk, Sydney, 03/03
Jet-Gas Interactions in Seyfert Galaxies
(2.0 MB) Colloquia 01/04
Seyfert Jets: Weak, Slow & Heavy
(0.9 MB) BHSIGN conference 03/04
Cosmic Music: Sounds from the Infant Universe
(4.6 MB) Charlottesville Classical Guitar Society (02/04)
Primordial Sound, Ancient Music
(16.1 MB) Colloquium given to UVa Music Department (1/28/05)
These last two are complete if played over the web, |
but if downloaded, they don't contain the sounds or movies.
Alumni 2006 (6/3/06)
(7.5 MB) Popular Talk to UVa Alumni
Selected Recent Publications
Star-Forming Galaxies in Low-redshift Clusters: Comparison of Integrated Properties of Cluster and Field Galaxies
Bretherton, C. F. James, P. A. Moss, C. & Whittle, M. 2010, A&A, 524, A24.
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110
Rosario, D. J. Whittle, M. Nelson, C. H. & Wilson, A. S. 2010, MNRAS, 408, 565-579.
The Radio Jet Interaction in NGC 5929: Direct Detection of Shocked Gas
Rosario, D. J. Whittle, M. Nelson, C. H. & Wilson, A. S. 2010, ApJ, 711, L94-L98.
Star-Forming Galaxies in Low-redshift Clusters: Data and Integrated Galaxy Properties
Thomas, C. F. Moss, C. James, P. A. Bennett, S. M. Aragon-Salamanca, A. & Whittle, M.   2008, A&A 486, 755-761
PDF On line data
Jet-driven Outflows in Seyfert Galaxies
Rosario, D. J. Whittle, M. Nelson, C. H. & Wilson, A. S.   2008, Mem.S.A.It. 79, 1217-1220
O VI Asymmetry and an Accelerated Outflow in an Obscured Seyfert: FUSE and HST STIS Spectroscopy of Mrk 533
Shastri, P., Hutchings, J., Murthy, J. Whittle, M. & Wills, B.J.   2006, ApJ, 646, 76-84.
Jet-Gas Interaction in Markarian 78. II. Ionization Mechanisms
Whittle, M. Rosario, D. J. Silverman, J. D. Nelson, C. H. & Wilson, A. S.   2005, AJ 129, 104-124
An H-alpha Survey of Cluster Galaxies - V. Cluster-field Comparison for Early-type Galaxies
Moss, C. & Whittle, M.   2005, MNRAS, 357, 1337-1347.
PDF On line data
Jet-Gas Interactions in Markarian 78. I. Morphology and Kinematics
Whittle, M. & Wilson, A.S.   2004, AJ 127, 606-624
Ionization Mechanisms in Jet-dominated Seyferts: A Detailed Case Study
Rosario, D.J. Whittle, M. Silverman, J.D. Wilson, A.S. & Nelson, C.H.   2004 IAU Symp. 222, 287-290
Seyfert Jets: Weak, Slow and Heavy
Whittle, M. Silverman, J.D. Rosario, D.J. Wilson, A.S. & Nelson, C.H.   2004, IAU Symp. 222, 299-304
Star Formation in Seyfert Bulges
Whittle, M. & Nelson, C.H.   2003, ASP Conf. 297, 433-435.
Cluster Galaxy Infall and Tidally-induced Star Formation
Moss, C. & Whittle, M.   2003, ASP Conf. 297, 243-244.
Seyfert Galaxies (Invited Review)
Whittle, M.   2000, Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, IoP, 1-12.
An H-alpha Survey of Eight Abell Clusters: the Dependence of Tidally Induced Star Formation on Cluster Density
Moss, C. & Whittle, M.   2000, MNRAS, 317, 667-686.
Hubble Space Telescope/Faint Object Spectrograph Spectroscopy of Spatially Resolved Narrow-Line Regions in the Seyfert 2 Galaxies NGC 2110 and NGC 5929
Ferruit, P. Wilson, A.S. Whittle, M. Simpson, C. Mulchaey, J.S. & Ferland, G.J.   1999, ApJ 523, 147-162.
Tidally Induced Star Formation in Abell 1367
Moss, C. Whittle, M. & Pesce, J.E.   1998, MNRAS, 300, 205-220
Tidally-Induced Star Formation in Cluster Galaxies
Moss, C. & Whittle, M.   1997, R.Mex.A.A., 6, 145-147.
Stellar and Gaseous Kinematics of Seyfert Galaxies. II. The Role of the Bulge
Nelson, C.H. & Whittle, M.   1996, ApJ, 465, 96-114.
Stellar and Gaseous Kinematics of Seyfert Galaxies. I. Spectroscopic Data
Nelson, C.H. & Whittle, M.   1995, ApJS, 99, 67-106.
Radio and Emission-Line Jets in the Type 2 Seyfert Galaxy Markarian 1066 (UGC 2456)
Bower, G. Wilson, A.S. Morse, J.A. Gelderman, R. Whittle, M. & Mulchaey, J.   1995, ApJ, 454, 106-118
Multiwavelength tests of the dusty torus model for Seyfert galaxies
Mulchaey, J.S. Koratkar, A. Ward, M.J. Wilson, A.S. Whittle, M. Antonucci, R.R.J. Kinney, A.L. & Hurt, T.   1994. ApJ, 436, 586-598.
An optical study of compact steep-spectrum radio sources. 1: The spectroscopic data
Gelderman, R. & Whittle, M.   1994, ApJS, 91, 491-505.
Ionized Gas Kinematics in Active and Related Galaxies (Invited Review)
Whittle, M.   1994, proc. of. Mass-Transfer Induced Activity in Galaxies,
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