Trinh X. Thuan, Professor

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Phone: (434) 924-4894
Fax: (434) 924-3104
Office: 253 Astronomy Building
   Department of Astronomy
   PO Box 400325
   Charlottesville, VA 22904-4325


Curriculum Vitae
B.S., California Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Princeton University
Postdoc, California Institute of Technology
Professor, University of Virginia
Research Associate at Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris

Research Interests
Galaxy Evolution
Chemical evolution of the universe
Compact blue dwarf galaxies

Recent Research Assistants
Michael Fanelli (Ph.D., 1991)
Ricky Patterson (Ph.D., 1995)
Franz Bauer (Ph.D., 2000)

Courses Recently Taught
Astronomy 121
Astronomy 124
Link to publications

My primary research involves studying very young dwarf galaxies in the local universe. These can be used as nearby laboratories for studying galaxy formation processes and for improving the accuracy in the measurements of the primordial Helium abundance to constrain better Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the amount of baryonic matter in the universe. I plan to develop a new technique to search for these very metal-deficient objects at look-back times of about 10 billion years (i.e going back in time 2/3 of the age of the universe), using the new large 10-m class telescopes now beginning to be operational, such as the European VLT (Very Large Telescope) and the American Gemini Telescope.

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