Matthew T. Newby

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

College of Science and Technology

Temple University


SERC 478

Office Hours: 
M 2:30-5:30pm; T 10:00am-noon; W,F 2:00-3:00pm

Email: matthew.newby[at]temple[dot]edu

Phone: x3168

Fax:  N/A


Department of Physics (035-08)
Temple University
1925 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-1801


I study the history and dynamics of the Milky Way galaxy, using old stars, dwarf galaxies, and globular clusters in the Galactic halo. Information from these structures provides clues towards understanding the distribution and nature of dark matter, the absence of Pop III stars, and the dynamics of dwarf galaxy disruption. I am currently in the process of mapping the density distribution of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy's tidal debris tails, which imply an orbit around the Galaxy, and serve as tracers for the distribution of mass (including dark matter) in the Milky Way. I am also beginning work on N-body simulations of dwarf galaxy disruption. These studies use data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), and the Chinese Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST).

I am a researcher for MilkyWay@home, a highly-distributed volunteer computing platform which uses BOINC infrastructure. MilkyWay@home is capable of analyzing large amounts of data through highly optimized, asynchronous, global search methods, and averages around 0.5 PetaFLOPS of computing power.

Cartoon of the Milky Way Galaxy, including the Sagittarius Tidal debris and an example SDSS data stripe.

Selected Work

Educational Miscellany

Student Project:  

Star Fusion Game Fe[26]  

 -Popular Mechanics Interview

- io9 Article

Active Courses (Previous Courses)

Exploring the Cosmos
PHYS 0834  (Spring 2015)
LectureMWF  1pm-2pmSERC 110B

General Physics I
PHYS 1021  (Spring 2015)
LectureMWF  10am-11amSERC 110A

Comprehensive Exam Preparation
PHYS 9994  (Spring 2015)
LectureWF  3pm-4pmSERC 404


Ph.D., Physics, 2013; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Physics, 2008; University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (Summa Cum Laude)

Images taken from the public domain or personal websites.

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