Michael S. Vogeley
Professor of Physics
Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies
Ph.D. (Astronomy), Harvard University, 1993
A.M. (Astronomy), Harvard University, 1988
A.B. (Astrophysical Sciences), Princeton University, 1987
Phone: (215) 895-2710
Fax: (215) 895-5934
Office: Disque 811
Postal address: Department of Physics, Drexel University,
3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Observational and theoretical cosmology, cosmic voids, galaxy formation and
evolution, statistical analysis of large data sets, active galactic
nuclei, time-series analysis.
More information is on the
Drexel Astrophysics Group research home page.
My research group at Drexel currently includes physics graduate
students Jackeline Moreno, Rebecca Phillipson, William Watson, and
undergraduates Joseph Tomlinson and James Howley.
Faculty collaborators include
Goldberg, Steve McMillan, and Gordon Richards in Physics, and Prof. Chaomei Chen
in the College of Information Science and Technology.
Research Group Alumni
Kelly Douglass (Ph.D. 2017) is a visiting Assistant Professor at the
University of Rochester.
Crystal Moorman (Ph.D. 2015) is an Assistant Professor at Lynchburg
Vishal Kasliwal (Ph.D. 2015) was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton
and the University of Pennsylvania. He now works at Wave Computing as
a software engineer on Deep Learning/AI.
Undergraduate thesis student Amanda White (B.S. 2011) was a member of
the scientific staff at the American Museum of Natural History and is
now a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Danny Pan (Ph.D. 2011) was a postdoctoral fellow at
Shanghai National Observatory and now works at Allstate.
John Parejko (Ph.D. 2010) was a postdoctoral
fellow at Yale working on SDSS-III and related projects and is now a
research staff member at the University of Washington.
Randall Rojas (Ph.D. 2004) worked at Raytheon
Corporation as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer (Astrophysicist)
where he applied his knowledge of astrophysics and statistics to a
wide variety of problems. He also completed a Ph.D. in statistics at
UCLA, and is now an adjunct faculty member at UCLA.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor Fiona Hoyle
is currently a Research Professor
at Observatorio Astronomico Quito, where she moved after becoming a
tenured faculty member at Widener University.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor
Anca Constantin is currently a tenured Associate Professor
at James Madison University, where she was hired in 2009 following a
postdoctoral position at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The following list is illustrative of my research interests, but is
(and always will be) out of date. Up to date publications lists and
links to the articles are available on
abstract service and
Here's a really good review of cosmology, together with a long list of useful references:
The Beginning and
Evolution of the Universe, an invited review for PASP by Bharat
Ratra and myself (Ratra, B. & Vogeley, M.S. 2008, PASP, 120, 235).
Here are some examples of my publications (see the links above for a current and complete list):
voids and void galaxies
topology and mapping of large-scale structure
Mapping the Universe with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,
Vogeley, M.S., Hoyle, F., Rojas, R.R., & Goldberg, D.M. 2004, in
proceedings of IAU Coll. 195 Outskirts of Galaxy Clusters: intense
life in the suburbs, ed. A. Diaferio (refereed), preprint
Spectroscopic Properties of Void Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,
R.R., Vogeley, M.S., Hoyle, F., & Brinkmann, J. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, submitted,
Luminosity Function of Void Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,
Rojas, R., & Vogeley, M. S. 2003, Astrophysical Journal, submitted, preprint astro-ph/0309728.
Photometric Properties of Void Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,
Rojas, R., Vogeley, M.S., & Hoyle, F. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, accepted (Dec. 10, 2004 issue), preprint astro-ph/0307274.
The Mass Function of Void Galaxies in the SDSS Data Release 2,
Jones, T,D., Hoyle, F., Rojas, R.R., Vogeley, M.S., & Blanton, M.R. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, submitted, preprint astro-ph/0406527.
Voids in the Two-Degree Field Galaxy Redshift Survey,
Hoyle, F., & Vogeley,
M.S. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, 607, 751.
Goldberg, D., & Vogeley, M.S. 2004, Astrophysical Journal,
Galaxy Voids in Cold Dark Matter Universes,
Benson, A.J., Hoyle, F., Torres, F.,
& Vogeley, M.S. 2003, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 340, 160.
Voids in the PSCz Survey and the Updated Zwicky Catalog,
Hoyle, F., & Vogeley,
M.S. 2002, Astrophysical Journal, 566, 641.
Voids and Constraints on Non-Linear Gravitational Clustering,
M.S. Vogeley, M.J. Geller, C. Park, and J.P. Huchra 1994,
Astronomical Journal, 108, 745.
Void Statistics of the CfA Redshift Survey,
Vogeley, M. S., Geller, M. J., & Huchra,
J. P. 1991, Astrophysical Journal, 382, 44.
power spectrum and cosmological parameter estimation
A Map of the Universe,
Gott, J.R. III, Juric, M., Schlegel, D., Hoyle, F., Vogeley,
M.S., Tegmark, M., Bahcall, N., & Brinkmann, J. 2003, Astrophysical Journal,
submitted, preprint astro-ph/0310571.
Minkowski Functionals of SDSS galaxies I : Analysis of Excursion Sets,
al. 2003, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, 55, 911.
Two-Dimensional Topology of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,
Hoyle, F., Vogeley, M.S., Gott, J.R., Blanton, M., Tegmark, M., &
Weinberg, D.H. 2002, Astrophysical Journal, 580, 663.
Two-Dimensional Topology of the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey,
Vogeley, M.S., & Gott, J.R. III 2002, Astrophysical Journal, 570, 44.
Topological Analysis of the CfA Redshift Survey,
M.S. Vogeley, C. Park, M.J. Geller, J.P. Huchra, and J.R. Gott 1994,
Astrophysical Journal, 420, 525.
The Three-Dimensional Power Spectrum of Galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky
Tegmark et al. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, 606, 702.
Cosmological Parameters from SDSS and WMAP,
Tegmark et al. 2004, Physical
Review D, 69, 103501.
Cosmological Parameters from Eigenmode Analysis of Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Pope et al. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, 607, 655.
Median Statistics, H_0, and the Accelerating Universe,
J.R. Gott, M.S. Vogeley, S. Podariu, and B. Ratra, 2001,
Astrophysical Journal, 549, 1.
Toward High-Precision Measures of Large-Scale Structure,
M.S. Vogeley 1998, in The Evolving Universe, ed. D. Hamilton (Kluwer:
Measuring the Galaxy Power Spectrum with Future Redshift Surveys,
M. Tegmark, A.J.S. Hamilton, M.A. Strauss, M.S. Vogeley, and
A.S. Szalay 1998, Astrophysical Journal, 499, 555.
Eigenmode Analysis of Galaxy Redshift Surveys: I. Theory and Methods,
M.S. Vogeley, and A.S. Szalay 1996, Astrophysical Journal, 465, 34.
Power Spectrum, Correlation Function, and Tests for Luminosity Bias
in the CfA Redshift Survey, Park, C., Vogeley, M. S., Geller,
M. J., and J.P. Huchra 1994, Astrophysical Journal, 431, 569.
The Power Spectrum of Galaxies in the Nearby Universe, da
L.N. da Costa, M.S. Vogeley, M.J. Geller, J.P. Huchra, and C. Park
1994, Astrophysical Journal, 437, L1.
Large-Scale Clustering of Galaxies in the CfA Redshift Survey,
Vogeley, M. S.,
Park, C., Geller, M. J., & Huchra, J. P. 1992, Astrophysical Journal, 391, L5.
My research at Drexel has been supported by more than $2M in grants from NASA, NSF, the
AAS, and the John Templeton Foundation.
Courses (with links to course web pages)
Theory of Special Relativity
Cosmology: Past, Present, and Future of the Universe
Contemporary Physics III
Survey of the Universe
Quantum Mechanics III
Quantum Mechanics III
Quantum Mechanics III
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Last update: January 2, 2018