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David Merritt
Professor

2013 Submissions

Full Length Book

Merritt, David. Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei. 1 ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. Print. ˆ

Journal Paper

Antonini, Fabio and David Merritt. "Relativity and the Evolution of the Galactic Center S-star Orbits." The Astrophysical Journal 763. 1 (2013): L10-L14. Print. ˜

Batcheldor, Dan, et al. "An STIS Atlas of Ca II Triplet Absorption Line Kinematics in Galactic Nuclei." The Astronomical Journal 146. 3 (2013): 67-78. Print. ˜

Vasiliev, Eugene and David Merritt. "The Loss-Cone Problem in Axisymmetric Nuclei." The Astrophysical Journal 774. 1 (2013): 87-103. Print. ˜

Vasiliev, Eugene, Fabio Antonini, and David Merritt. "The Final-parsec Problem in Non-spherical Galaxies Revisited." The Astrophysical Journal. (2013): in press. Print. £

Merritt, David. "Loss Cone Dynamics." Classical and Quantum Gravity 30. (2013): 244005-244050. Print. £

Invited Presentations/Keynotes

Merritt, David. "Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei. I." N Body Gravitational Dynamical Systems: From N=2 to Infinity. Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, France. 22 Oct. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei. II." N Body Gravitational Dynamical Systems: From N=2 to Infinity. Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, France. 25 Oct. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei. III." N Body Gravitational Dynamical Systems From N=2 to Infinity. Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, France. 29 Oct. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei. IV." N Body gGavitational Dynamical Systems From N=2 to Infinity. Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, France. 29 Oct. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Dynamics of Nuclear Star Clusters." Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris Seminaire. Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. Paris, France. 27 Sep. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Dynamics of Nuclear Star Clusters." Hauptkolloquium, Argelander-Institut für Astronomie der Universität Bonn. University of Bonn / Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie. Bonn, Germany. 18 Oct. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Collisional Dynamics near Supermassive Black Holes." Black Hole (g)Astronomy. University del Salento. Brindisi, Italy. 5 Sep. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Merritt, David. "Nuclear Dynamics." Dynamics and Kinetic Theory of Self-Gravitating Systems. Institut Henri Poincare. Paris, France. 8 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Dynamics at the Centers of Galaxies." KITP Program: A Universe of Black Holes. KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA. 13 Aug. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Merritt, David. "Dark Matter at the Centers of Galaxies." Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales. American Astronomical Society. Monterey, CA. 16 Jul. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Merritt, David. "Loss Cone Dynamics." Black Hole Fingerprints: Dynamics, Disruptions and Demographics. University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. 18 Mar. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Dynamics of Nuclear Star Clusters." CITA Seminar Series. Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. Toronto, Canada, ON. 5 Dec. 2013. Guest Lecture.

Journal Editor

Merritt, David and Luciano Rezzolla, ed. Classical and Quantum Gravity; Focus Issue: "Astrophysical Black Holes". Bristol, UK: IOP Science, 2013. Print. £

Judged National/International Competition Award Winner

Merritt, David. Department of Astronomy, Yale University. Garfinkel Lecturer / Garfinkel Lectureship. New Haven, CT, 2013.

2012 Submissions

Journal Paper

Merritt, David and Eugene Vasiliev. "Spin Evolution of Supermassive Black Holes and Galactic Nuclei." Physical Review D 86. (2012): 102002. Print. £ ≠

Antonini, Fabio and David Merritt. "Relativity and the Dynamical Evolution of the Galactic Center S-Star Orbits." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 762. (2012): 1-4. Print. £ ≠

Sabha, Nadeen, et al. "The S-Star Cluster at the Center of the Milky Way. On the Nature of Diffuse NIR Emission in the Inner Tenth of a Parsec." Astronomy and Astrophysics 545. (2012): A70. Print. £ ≠

Antonini, Fabio, et al. "Dissipationless Formation and Evolution of the Milky Way Nuclear Star Cluster." The Astrophysical Journal 750. (2012): 111. Print. £ ≠

Antonini, Fabio and David Merritt. "Dynamical Friction around Supermassive Black Holes." The Astrophysical Journal 745. (2012): 83. Print. £ ≠

Invited Presentations/Keynotes

Merritt, David. "Binary Black Hole Dynamics." Binary Black Holes & Dual AGN: A Workshop in Memory of David S. De Young. National Optical Astronomy Observatories. Tucson, AZ. 29 Nov. 2012. Keynote Speech. ≠

Merritt, David. "The Challenge of Modeling Dense Stellar Systems." APS April Meeting 2012. American Physical Society. Atlanta, GA. 1 Apr. 2012. Keynote Speech.

Merritt, David. "Spin Evolution of Black Holes and Stellar Nuclei." Thirteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting. Stockholm University. Stockholm, Sweden. 3 Jul. 2012. Keynote Speech. ∆ £ ≠

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Dynamics at the Centers of Galaxies." Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera Seminari. Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica. Milan, Italy. 28 May 2012. Guest Lecture. ≠

Merritt, David. "Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei." Sigrav Graduate School in Contemporary Relativity and Gravitational Physics. Italian Society for Gravitational Physics. Villa Olmo, Italy. 21 May 2012. Guest Lecture. ≠

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Stellar Dynamics." CIERA Astrophysics Seminar. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL. 10 Apr. 2012. Guest Lecture. ≠

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Stellar Dynamics." CCPP Seminar Series. New York University. New York, NY. 30 Mar. 2012. Guest Lecture. ≠

2011 Submissions

Journal Paper

Merritt, David and Eugene Vasiliev. "Orbits Around Black Holes in Triaxial Nuclei." The Astrophysical Journal 726. 2 (2011): 61-81. Print. £ ≠

Deibel, Alex T., Monica Valluri, and David Merritt. "The Orbital Structure of Triaxial Galaxies with Figure Rotation." The Astrophysical Journal 728. 2 (2011): 128-141. Print. £ ≠

Peng, Eric W., et al. "The HST/ACS Coma Cluster Survey IV. Intergalactic Globular Clusters and the Massive Globular Cluster System at the Core of the Coma Galaxy Cluster." The Astrophysical Journal 730. 1 (2011): 23-38. Print. £ ≠

Khan, Fazeel Mahmood, Andreas Just, and David Merritt. "Efficient Merger of Binary Supermassive Black Holes in Merging Galaxies." The Astrophysical Journal 732. 2 (2011): 89-95. Print. £ ≠

Antonini, Fabio, James Lombardi, and David Merritt. "Tidal Breakup of Binary Stars at the Galactic Center. II. Hydrodynamic Simulations." The Astrophysical Journal 731. 2 (2011): 128-141. Print. £ † ≠

Kim, Sungsoo S., et al. "Nuclear Star-forming Ring of the Milky Way: Simulations." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 735. 1 (2011): L11-L14. Print. £ ≠

Merritt, David, et al. "Stellar Dynamics of Extreme-mass-ratio Inspirals." Physical Review D 84. 4 (2011): 044024-1, 044024-22. Print. £ ≠

Hoyos, Carlos, et al. "The HST/ACS Coma Cluster Survey III. Structural Parameters of Galaxies Using Single Sersic Fits." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 411. 4 (2011): 2439-2460. Print. £ ≠

Gualandris, Alessia and David Merritt. "Long-term Evolution of Massive Black Hole Binaries. IV. Mergers of Galaxies with Collisionally Relaxed Nuclei." The Astrophysical Journal 744. 1 (2012): 74-89. Print. £ ≠

Hoyos, Carlo, David Merritt, and et al. "Coma Treasury Survey. Structural parameters." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 411. (2011): 1-10. Web. £ ≠

Published Review

Merritt, David. "Dynamical Models of the Galactic Center." Rev. of The Galactic Center: A Window to the Nuclear Environment of Disk Galaxies, eds. Mark R. Morris, Q. Daniel Wang, and Feng Yuan. Proceedings of a workshop held at Shanghai, China on October 19-23, 2009 1 May 2011: 142-154. Print. ∆ £ † ≠

Merritt, David. "Stellar Dynamics and Black Holes." Rev. of Proceedings of the Chandrasekhar Centenary Conference, ed. T. Padmanabhan. Pramana 1 Jul. 2011: 135-146. Print. ∆ £ † ≠

Invited Presentations/Keynotes

Merritt, David. "Getting Things Into Black Holes." Leiden University Seminar Series. Leiden University. Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. 29 Mar. 2011. Lecture. ∆ ≠

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Stellar Dynamics." JILA Seminar Series. Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 4 Apr. 2011. Guest Lecture. † ≠

Merritt, David. "Relativistic Encounters and the Production of EMRIs." 14th Eastern Gravity Meeting. Princeton University. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. 2 Jun. 2011. Conference Presentation. ≠

Merritt, David. "Dynamics of Extreme-Mass-Ratio Inspirals." Physics Colloquium Series. Department of Physics, Syracuse University. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. 1 Dec. 2011. Lecture. ≠

2010 Submissions

Formal Presentation

Merritt, David. “Puzzles at the Galactic Center.” Puzzles of Galactic Nuclei. Garching, Germany. 28-30 June 2010. Presentation. †

Merritt, David. “Relativistic Stellar Dynamics.” Chandrasekhar Centenary Conference. Bangalore, India. 7-11 Dec. 2010. Presentation.

Merritt, David. “Stellar Dynamics of EMRIs.” Gravitational Waves 2010. University of Minnesota. 16 October 2010. Presentation.

Merritt, David. “Probing strong-field gravity at the galactic center using stellar motions.” APS April Meeting 2010. American Physical Society. Washington, DC. 13-16 Feb. 2010. Presentation.

Merritt, David. “Old and New Puzzles at the Galactic Center.” 2010 Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy. Boston, MA. 26-27 Apr. 2010. Presentation.

Merritt, David. “Stellar dynamics of massive black hole binaries.” LISA Massive Black Hole Binaries in the Cosmic Landscape, University of Zurich. 10-12 Feb. 2010. Presentation.

Merritt, David. “Testing Theories of Gravity at the Galactic Center Using Stellar Motions.” 2010 Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy. Boston, MA. 27 Apr. 2010. Presentation.

Published Article

Merritt, David. “Dynamical Models of the Galactic Center.” In The Galactic Center: A Window on the Nuclear Environment of Disk Galaxies. Ed. Mark Morris, Daniel Q. Wang and Feng Yuan. Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 2010. n.p. Print. † ≠

Merritt, David. “Dark Matter at the Centers of Galaxies.” Chapter 5 from Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches, 2010. n.p. Print. ≠

Gualandris, A., S. Gillessen, D. Merritt. “The Galactic Centre star S2 as a dynamical probe for intermediate-mass black holes.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 409.3 (2010): 1146-1154. Print. ≠ *

Hammer, Derek et al. “The HST/ACS Coma Cluster Survey. II. Data Description and Source Catalogs.” The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 191.1 (2010): 143-159. Print. ≠ *

Angelil, Raymond, Prasenjit Saha, David Merritt. “Toward Relativistic Orbit Fitting of Galactic Center Stars and Pulsars.” The Astrophysical Journal, 720.2 (2010): 1303-1310. Print. ≠*

Merritt, D. “The Distribution of Stars and Stellar Remnants at the Galactic Center.” The Astrophysical Journal, 718.2 (2010): 739-761. Print. ≠ *

Batcheldor, D., A. Robinson, D.J. Axon, E.S. Perlman, D. Merritt. “A Displaced Supermassive Black Hole in M87.” The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 717.1 (2010): L6-L10. Print. ≠ *

Antonini, Fabio, Joshua Faber, Alessia Gualandris, David Merritt. “Tidal Breakup of Binary Stars at the Galactic Center and Its Consequences.” The Astrophysical Journal, 713.1 (2010): 90-104. Print. † ≠ *

Valtonen, M. J., S. Mikkola, H.J. Lehto, T. Hyvnen, K. Nilsson, D. Merritt, A. GopakuMar, H. Rampadarath, R. HuDec, M. Basta and R. Saunders. “Measuring black hole spin in OJ287.” Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 106.3 (2010): 235-243. Print. ≠ *

Valtonen, M. J., S. Mikkola, D. Merritt, A. GopakuMar, H.J. Lehto, T. Hyvnen, H.Rampadarath, R. Saunders, M. Basta, R. HuDec. “Measuring the Spin of the Primary Black Hole in OJ287.” The Astrophysical Journal, 709.2 (2010). 725-732. Print. ≠ *

Merritt, David, Eugene Vasiliev. “Orbits Around Black Holes in Triaxial Nuclei.” The Astrophysical Journal, 726.2 (2010): 61-73. Print.