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FINKELSTEIN, STEVEN L

Steven L Finkelstein

Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy

Isabel McCutcheon Harte Centennial Chair in Astronomy

Observations of the Early Universe; Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Reionization; Active Classroom Learning; Planning for Future Telescopes.

stevenf@astro.as.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-1483

Office Location
RLM 16.206

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
ASTRONOMY
2515 SPEEDWAY, Stop C1400
AUSTIN, TX 78712-1205

 

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin (2017-present) 

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin (2012-2017)

 

Hubble Fellow, University of Texas at Austin (2011-2012)

Postdoctoral Reaearch Associate, Texas A&M University (2008-2011)

Ph.D., Arizona State University (2008)

B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2003)

Research Interests
Observations of the Early Universe; Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Reionization; Chemical Evolution of the Universe.

Group Areas
First Stars & Galaxies, Reionization Era & First Galaxies, Stellar Populations, Star Formation (Extragalactic), HETDEX: Dark Energy Experiment


 

Refereed Publications: First Author or Led by Finkelstein's Students or Postdocs

Wold, I., Finkelstein, S., Barger, A., Sowie, L. & Rosenwasser, B. 2017, A Faint Flux-Limited Lyman Alpha Emitter Sample at z~0.3, Submitted to the Astrophysical Journal

Jaacks, J., Thompson, R., Finkelstein, S., & Bromm, V. 2017, Baseline Metal Enrichment from Population III Star Formation in Cosmological Volume Simulations, Submitted to Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Livermore, R., Finkelstein, S., & Lotz, J. 2016, Directly Observing the Galaxies Likely Responsible for Reionization, Astrophysical Journal, 835 113

Invited Review Article: Finkelstein, S. L. 2016, Observational Searches for Star-Forming Galaxies at z > 6, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 33, 37

Jung, I., Finkelstein, S. et al. 2016, Evidence for the Suppression of Star-Formation in the Centers of Massive Galaxies at z = 4, Astrophysical Journal, 834, 81

Song, M., Finkelstein, S. et al. 2016, Keck/MOSFIRE Spectroscopy of z=7-8 Galaxies: Lyman-alpha Emission from a Galaxy at z=7.66, Astrophysical Journal, 826, 113

Song, M., Finkelstein, S. et al. 2016, The Evolution of the Galaxy Stellar Mass Function at z =4--8: A Steepening Low-Mass-End Slope with Increasing Redshift, Astrophysical Journal, 825, 5

Jaacks, J., Finkelstein, S. & Nagamine, K. 2016, Connecting the Dots: Tracking Galaxy Evolution Using Constant Cumulative Number Density at z = 3--7, Astrophysical Journal, 817, 174

Finkelstein, S. L., Song, M., Behroozi, P. et al. 2015, An Increasing Stellar Baryon Fraction in Bright Galaxies at High Redshift, Astrophysical Journal, 814, 95

Finkelstein, S. L., Ryan R, Papovich, C. et al. 2015, The Evolution of the Galaxy Rest-Frame Ultraviolet Luminosity Function over the First Two Billion Years, Astrophysical Journal, 810, 71

Song, M., Finkelstein, S. et al. 2014, The HETDEX Pilot Survey. V. The Physical Origin of Lyalpha Emitters Probed by Near-infrared Spectroscopy, Astrophysical Journal, 791,3

Finkelstein, S. L., Papovich, C., Dickinson, M., et al. 2013, The Discovery of a Rapidly Star-forming Galaxy 700 Million Years After the Big Bang at z = 7.51, Nature, 502, 524

Finkelstein, S. L., Papovich, C., Ryan, R., Pawlik, A., Dickinson, M., Ferguson, H., Finlator, K., Koekemoer, A., Giavalisco, M. and the CANDELS Team 2012, CANDELS: The Contribution of the Observed Galaxy Population to Cosmic Reionization, Astrophysical Journal, 758, 93

Finkelstein, S. L., Papovich, C., Salmon, B., Finlator, K., Dickinson, M., Ferguson, H., Giavalisco, M., Koekemoer, A., Reddy, N. and the CANDELS Team 2012, CANDELS: The Evolution of Galaxy Rest-Frame Ultraviolet Colors from z = 8-4, Astrophysical Journal, 756, 164

Finkelstein, S. L., Cohen, S. H., Windhorst, R. A., Ryan, R. E., Hathi, N. P., Finkelstein, K. D. and the WFC3 ERS Team 2011, Hubble Space Telescope Imaging of Lyman Alpha Emission at z = 4.4, Astrophysical Journal, 735, 5

Finkelstein, S, L., Cohen, S. H., Moustakas, J., Malhotra, S., Rhoads, J. E. & Papovich, C. 2011, Dust Extinction and Metallicities of Star-Forming Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies at Low Redshift, Astrophysical Journal, 733, 117

Finkelstein, S. L., Hill, G. J. & Gebhardt, K. et al. 2011, The HETDEX Pilot Survey III: The Low Metallicities of High-Redshift Lyman Alpha Galaxies, Astrophysical Journal, 729, 140

Finkelstein, S. L., Papovich, C., Giavalisco, M., Reddy, N., Ferguson, H., Koekemoer, A. & Dickinson, M. 2010, On the Stellar Populations and Evolution of Star--Forming Galaxies at 6.3 < z < 8.6, Astrophysical Journal, 719, 1250

Finkelstein, S. L., Cohen, S. H., Malhotra, S., Rhoads, J. E., Papovich, C., Zheng, Z., Wang, J. 2009, A Plethora of AGN Among Lyman Alpha Galaxies at Low Redshift, Astrophysical Journal, 703, L162

Finkelstein, S. L., Papovich, C., Rudnick, G., Egami, E., Le Floc'h, E., Rieke, M., Rigby, J. & Willmer, C. 2009, Turning Back the Clock: Inferring the History of the 8 O'clock Arc, Astrophysical Journal, 700, 376

Finkelstein, S. L., Cohen, S., Malhotra, S. & Rhoads, J. E. 2009, Evolution of Lyman Alpha Galaxies: Stellar Populations at z sim 0.3, Astrophysical Journal, 700, 276

Finkelstein, S. L., Malhotra, S. Rhoads, J. E., Hathi, N. P. & Pirzkal, N. 2009, The Expected Detection of Dust Emission from High-Redshift Lyman Alpha Galaxies, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 393, 1174

Finkelstein, S. L., Rhoads, J. E., Malhotra, S. & Grogin, N. 2009, Lyman Alpha Galaxies: Primitive, Dusty or Evolved?, Astrophysical Journal, 691, 465

Finkelstein, S. L., Rhoads, J. E., Malhotra, S., Grogin, N. & Wang, J. 2008, Effects of Dust Geometry in Lyman Alpha Galaxies at z = 4.4, Astrophysical Journal, 678, 655

Finkelstein, S. L., Rhoads, J. E., Malhotra, S., Pirzkal, N. & Wang, J. 2007, The Ages and Masses of Lyman Alpha Galaxies at z sim 4.5, Astrophysical Journal, 660, 1023

Finkelstein, S. L. & Morse, J. A. et al. 2006, Optical Structure and Proper-Motion Age of the Oxygen-rich Supernova Remnant 1E 0102-7219 in the Small Magellanic Cloud, Astrophysical Journal, 641, 919

 

2017 - UT Austin Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship

2016 - UT Austin College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

2015-2016 - McDOnald Observatory Board of Visitors Teaching Excellence Award

2011 - Hubble Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship

AST301 - Introduction to Astronomy (non-science major survey course)

AST358 - Galaxies and the Universe (upper-level astronomy major course)

AST386 - Galaxies at High Redshift (graduate course)