Elizabeth J. Barton (Betsy)

University of California, Irvine
Department of Physics and Astronomy
2158 Frederick Reines Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
(949)824-7178 / ebarton [at] uci.edu

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.

Recent Research

Here is my CV, last updated in September 2009.

My current research involves, among other things, a search for the highest-redshift star-forming galaxies yet detected, statistical studies of galaxy interactions and satellite galaxies, and research at low and intermediate redshift into the formation of spiral bulges through in situ star formation. Here is a summary of some of my recent research and ongoing projects.

The Next Generation of Giant Ground-based Telescopes

I am actively involved in building the science cases for the next generation of large telescopes:
  • I am currently on the Science Advisory Committee for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, which is a joint undertaking of the University of California, Caltech, and Canada but is currently seeking to expand its partnership.
  • I am the Project Scientist of IRIS, the InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer, one of the three first-light instruments for the Thirty Meter Telescope.
  • I am also a member of the Science Working Group created to advise the NSF about federal investment in an extremely large telescope such as the proposed 30-meter Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope (GSMT).

    I am developing the science cases for galaxy evolution and "first light" objects, star-forming galaxies at extremely high redshifts.

    Finding Me

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