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Dr. Tommaso Treu

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University of California Los Angeles , USA
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  • Ph.D. , Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Scuola Normale Superiore
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"Astronomers have been looking to find ..., 5 Mar 2015 [cached]
"Astronomers have been looking to find one ever since," said Tommaso Treu of the University of California, Los Angeles, the GLASS project's principal investigator.
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"The supernova's different light paths are like different routes through Los Angeles traffic," said Tommaso Treu, a professor of physics and astronomy in the UCLA College, a co-author of the research and principal investigator of the Grism Lens Amplified Survey from Space project, or GLASS, that is analyzing the supernova.
Treu said that by studying the delays between the times that the different images reach Earth, astronomers can glean clues about the type of warped-space terrain the supernova's light had to cover.
"With this discovery, we can learn something new about dark matter. The brightness and delays of future images could tell us something about the clumpiness of dark matter," he said, adding that standard cosmological models predict that dark matter is predicted to be clumpy.
"Astronomers have been looking to find one ever since," Treu said.
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Scientists 'Weigh' Tiny Galaxy Halfway Across Universe, 4 Oct 2007 [cached]
Second author Tommaso Treu, assistant professor of physics at UCSB , explained that the imaging is made possible by the fact that the newly discovered galaxy is positioned behind a massive galaxy, creating an "Einstein ring.
Treu and his colleagues in the Sloan Lens ACS Survey (SLACS) collaboration are at the forefront of the study of Einstein ring gravitational lenses . With gravitational lensing, light from distant galaxies is deflected on its way to Earth by the gravitational field of any massive object that lies in the way. Because the light bends, the galaxy is distorted into an arc or multiple separate images. When both galaxies are exactly lined up, the light forms a bull's-eye pattern, called an Einstein ring, around the foreground galaxy.
The mass estimate for the galaxy, and the inference that many of its stars have only recently formed, is made possible by the combination of optical and near infrared images from the Hubble Space Telescope with longer wavelength images obtained with the Keck Telescope . "If the galaxy is representative of a larger population, it could be one of the building blocks of today's spiral galaxies, or perhaps a progenitor of modern dwarf galaxies," said Treu.
An Evening With Dr. Tommaso Treu, 19 Mar 2009 [cached]
Guest Speaker: Dr. Tommaso Treu
The speaker for this evening will be Dr. Tommaso Treu. Dr. Tommaso Treu is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, in 2001. He is an observer with broad expertise in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. He brings knowledge about both ground-based and space-based astronomy, mainly at optical and near-infrared (IR) wavelengths, but also in the X-ray and mid-IR bands. Dr. Treu has been a NASA Hubble Fellow and is currently an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and David and Lucille Packard Research Fellow.
Dr.Treu is a member of the Space Telescope Users Committee and of the University of California Observatory Advisory Committee. He has been a member of time allocation committees for the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the W.M. Keck Observatory, and a review panel for the National Science Foundation. He served as external referee for all major astronomical journals (The Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Astronomical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics), and for the Italian Space Agency, Dutch Science Foundation, Chilean Science Foundation, British Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the Canadian Gemini Time Allocation Committee.
In the community | W. M. Keck Observatory [cached]
Tommaso Treu is a cosmic genealogist. He collects and organizes images of the Universe in the same way an individual constructs a family tree with photos.
"You start with what's here today," says Treu, an astrophysicist at UC Santa Barbara. "Looking at the collection, you see what your parents looked like and you see what your grandparents looked like and you try to figure out what happened evolutionarily."
Instead of cataloguing images of his human ancestors, Treu begins with information on galaxies like the Milky Way and its neighbors. He then works his way back to the first compact, distant galaxies, which sit billions of light-years from Earth. His research recently earned him the 2010 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society, an award given annually to an astronomer under the age of 36 for outstanding achievement.
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