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BROMM, VOLKER

Volker Bromm

Professor
Department of Astronomy

Distinguished Teaching Professor


vbromm@astro.as.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-3432

Office Location
RLM 13.116

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
2515 Speedway, Stop C1400
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., Yale University (2000)
M.Sc., University of Heidelberg, Germany (1993)

Research Interests

Formation of the first stars and quasars; high-redshift supernovae and metal enrichment; supermassive black hole formation; gamma-ray bursts; reionization of the intergalactic medium; present-day star formation; computational astrophysics.


I. On the First Stars and Galaxies

Forming the First Stars in the Universe: The Fragmentation of Primordial Gas, Bromm, V., Coppi, P. S., & Larson, R. B. 1999, ApJ, 527, L5.

The Fragmentation of Pre-enriched Primordial Objects, Bromm, V., Ferrara, A., Coppi, P. S., & Larson, R. B. 2001, MNRAS, 328, 969.

Generic Spectrum and Ionization Efficiency of a Heavy Initial Mass Function for the First Stars, Bromm, V., Kudritzki, R. P., & Loeb, A. 2001, ApJ, 552, 464.

The Formation of the First Stars: The Primordial Star-forming Cloud, Bromm, V., Coppi, P. S., & Larson, R. B. 2002, ApJ, 564, 23.

The First Stars, Bromm, V., & Larson, R. B. 2004, ARA&A, 42, 79.

II. In Other Fields

The Formation Mechanism of Brown Dwarfs, Bate, M. R., Bonnell, I. A., & Bromm, V. 2002, MNRAS, 332, L65.

The Expected Redshift Distribution of Gamma-Ray Bursts, Bromm, V., & Loeb, A. 2002, ApJ, 575, 111.

The Contribution of the First Stars to the Cosmic Infrared Background, Santos, M. R., Bromm, V., & Kamionkowski, M. 2002, MNRAS, 336, 1082.

The Formation of a Star Cluster, Bate, M. R., Bonnell, I. A., & Bromm, V. 2003, MNRAS, 339, 577.

Formation of the First Supermassive Black Holes, Bromm, V., & Loeb, A. 2003, Ap. J., 596, 34.

  • 2004–2010 Numerous Invited Review Talks on the First Stars and Galaxies
  • 2009 The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • 2008 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.
  • 2007 Board of Visitors Teaching Excellence Award.
  • 2004 Space Telescop Science Institute Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship.
  • 2003 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award.
  • 2002 Robert J. Trumpler Award, Astronomical Society of the Pacific.