Faculty Profile

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Andrew J. Baker
Professor
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Group: Astrophysics
Phone: 848-445-8887
Office: W309
Email: ajbaker@physics.rutgers.edu
Homepage: http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~ajbaker/

Research Overview:

My research focuses on the use of radio, millimeter, and submillimeter observations of interstellar matter to probe how galaxy evolution unfolds in the nearby and distant universe. Particular interests include the properties of dusty star-forming galaxies — e.g., low-z ultraluminous infrared galaxies (ULIRGs), and high-z submillimeter galaxies (SMGs) like those seen by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) — and the growth of stellar disks and central black holes in nearby, normal galaxies. I am also interested in the cosmic evolution of neutral atomic hydrogen, which I will be studying out to z = 1.4 with South Africa's new MeerKAT interferometer in the context of the 3424-hour LADUMA survey. LADUMA's status as one of the three top-ranked MeerKAT Large Survey Projects was reconfirmed in June 2017 by an international review panel.

News Item(s):
  • Andrew Baker, Eric Gawiser, Sergei Lukyanov, Alex Morozov, Emil Yuzbashyan, and Scott Thomas promoted
  • Andrew Baker and collaborators, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, have measured with unprecedented precision the mass of a supermassive black hole
  • Andrew Baker and Bob Bartynski have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Professor Andrew Baker has won the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
  • Professor Andrew Baker has been recommended for a prestigious NSF CAREER award
  • Professor Andrew Baker will be awarded an SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education
  • Professor Andrew Baker is spending the Fall semester as a visiting scientist at the Atacama Large Milimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project in Chile
  • Three of our faculty members will be recognized by the University this year for their outstanding achievements