Jerry A. Sellwood

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Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019

Telephone: (848) 445 8879
Fax: (732) 445 4343

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This semester, Spring 2016, I am teaching an Honors seminar on the "History of Cosmology from Ancient Greece to the modern Era".

My former graduate students are: Neil Raha, David Earn, Ben Weiner, Victor Debattista, Vince Jacobs, Juntai Shen, Ricardo Zánmar Sánchez, and Michael Solway. My current student is Carl Mitchell.

Research Interests

I use N-body simulations to compute the evolution of isolated galaxies. I have made my simulation code public through the website GALAXY, with a detailed on-line manual at this url

I am also the author, with Kristine Spekkens, of the public software package DiskFit that can be use to fit disk galaxy models to either photometric images or kinematic data. DiskFit can be downloaded from this url.

Posted here is an electronic version, with full quality figures, of "Dynamics of Barred Galaxies" by myself and A. Wilkinson that appeared in Reports on Progress in Physics (1993) 56, 173

My main interests are structure and evolution of galaxies, their formation and their dark matter content. The following are some of the topics I have been working on recently: