Assistant Head, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
- Ph.D. in Physics with Astronomy specialization, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2007
- M.S. in Physics with Astronomy specialization, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2000
- B.S. in Physics with an option in Astrophysics (with Honors), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, 1998
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville), 2009 - 2012
- Visiting Researcher, University of Oulu, 2008
Dr. Patrick Treuthardt's work deals with understanding the evolution of nearby galaxies by studying their different forms and structures. He is especially interested in barred and non-barred spiral galaxies and how their morphology connects to the supermassive black hole they harbor in their nucleus, as well as the enormous halo of dark matter they reside in. Patrick collects spectroscopic data in order to measure the velocities of the gas and stars that make up a galaxy. He collects multi-wavelength imaging data in order to measure and quantify various observed structures. He also produces dynamical simulation models in order to recreate what is observed both spectroscopically and through imaging. Doing so allows him to routinely bridge the gap between the observational and theoretical realms of extragalactic astronomy.
- Mutlu-Pakdil, B., Seigar, M. S., Hewitt, I. B., Treuthardt, P., Berrier, J. C., & Koval, L. E. 2018. The Illustris Simulation: supermassive black hole-galaxy connection beyond the bulge, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 2594-2606.
- Mutlu Pakdil, B., Mangedarage, M., Seigar, M. S., & Treuthardt, P. 2017. A photometric study of the peculiar and potentially double ringed, non-barred galaxy: PGC 1000714, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466, 355-368.
- Sierra, A., Seigar, M. S., Treuthardt, P., & Puerari, I. 2015. Determination of resonance locations in barred spiral galaxies using multiband photometry, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 450, 1799-1811.
- Treuthardt, P., Seigar, M. S., Sierra, A. D., Al-Baidhany, I., Salo, H., Kennefick, D., Kennefick, J. & Lacy, C. H. S. 2012. On the Link Between Central Black Holes, Bar Dynamics, and Dark Matter Halos in Spiral Galaxies, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 423, 3118-3133.
- Treuthardt, P., Salo, H., & Buta, R. 2009. Dynamical Simulations of NGC 2523 and NGC 4245, The Astronomical Journal, 137, 19-33.
Online Publications and Resources
- Getting Serious about the Sun, Open Minds Teen Science Cafe, (3 November 2017).
- WRAP-UP: The Great American Eclipse, Daily Planet Theater, (31 August 2017).
- Discovering a New Galaxy: Interview with NC Astrophysicist Patrick Treuthardt, UNC-TV, (7 June 2017).
- Live TRAPPIST-1 Discussion, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab, (23 February 2017).
- Burcin's Galaxy, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, (3 January 2017).
- The Sun: Common and Uncommon Events, Science Cafe, (23 June 2016).
Selected Authored News Articles
- Inside NC Science: Ancient supernova shrouded in mystery, The News & Observer; The Charlotte Observer, (3 May 2015).
- Black holes continue to fascinate masses, The Charlotte Observer, (14 December 2014).
- Ultra-rare galaxy could be 'one of a kind', CNN.com, (5 January 2017).
- PGC 1000714: The rare galaxy 'nobody has ever seen before', CTVNews.ca, (4 January 2017).