David Gerdes

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
LSA: Natural Sciences
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics
(734) 647-3807
Short bio: 

Ph.D. University of Chicago. 1992.

Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics, Cambridge University. 1987.

B.A. Carleton College. 1986.

Research summary: 

Professor Gerdes is an experimental particle physicist and cosmologist whose research addresses basic questions about the composition and evolution of the universe. What is the nature of the mysterious dark energy that is causing the expansion rate of the universe to accelerate? What is the nature of the dark matter that makes up more than 80% of the matter in the universe? He carries out his research using the tools of both optical astronomy and particle physics. As a member of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration, he is using the Dark Energy Camera on the 4-meter Blanco telescope in the Chilean Andes to measure the effects of dark energy and dark matter on the growth and evolution of the universe over the past eight billion years of cosmic time. In addition, he participates in the PandaX experiment, a deep-underground detector designed to directly detect the interactions of dark matter particles with a metric ton of liquid xenon. He was a member of the team that discovered the top quark at Fermilab. He has also received many awards for undergraduate teaching, including the university's highest teaching award, an Arthur F. Thurnau professorship.

Recent publications: 


“A GMBCG Galaxy Cluster Catalog of 55,424 Rich Clusters from SDSS DR7,” J. Hao et al., Ap. J. Sup. 191, 254 (2010).


“ArborZ: Photometric Redshifts Using Boosted Decision Trees,” D. Gerdes et al.,Ap. J. 715, 823 (2010).


“Precision Measurements of the Cluster Red Sequence using an Error Corrected Gaussian Mixture Model,” J. Hao et al., Ap. J. 702, 745 (2009).


“Top Quark Mass Measurement from Dilepton Events at CDF II with the Matrix-Element Method,” A. Abulencia et al., Phys. Rev. D 74, 032009 (2006).


“Measurement of the Helicity of W Bosons in Top-Quark Decays,” A. Abulencia et al., Phys. Rev. D73, 111103 (2006).


“Search for Large Extra Dimensions Using Dielectron and Diphoton Events in p ̄p Collisions at D. Gerdes, S. Murgia, J. Carlson, R. Blair, J. Huston, and D. Berebitsky, Phys. Rev. D 73, 112008 (2006).