MARK VOGELSBERGER, Assistant Professor of Physics

Mark Vogelsberger
Assistant Professor

EMAIL: mvogelsb@mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 324-2415

OFFICE: 37-611

ASSISTANT: Thea Paneth (617) 253-3718


Area of Physics:

Theoretical Astrophysics

Research Interests

Professor Vogelsberger is a theoretical astrophysicist whose research interests span various subjects including cosmology, galaxy formation, stellar feedback processes, dark matter physics, dark matter detection, and the detailed structure of dark matter on small scales. His research makes extensive use of numerical simulations using state-of-the-art high-performance supercomputers around the world.

Cosmology and galaxy formation entered only recently their golden age with an enormous amount of observational data being available. This allows detailed tests of theories of structure formation in the Universe. The combination of ever more sophisticated observations, theoretical models, and powerful supercomputer simulations will eventually lead to a better understanding of how galaxies and structure in the Universe formed.

Vogelsberger also works on predictions for dark matter detection experiments. Current theories of structure formation rely on dark matter and dark energy as the main ingredients of the Universe. While dark energy is rather poorly understood, there are leading and well-motivated candidates for the elusive dark matter particle. For example, SUSY motivated neutralinos or QCD motivated Axions. Both particles can, in principle, be detected, and the next decade holds the potential that such a path-breaking discovery could indeed be made. Interpreting detector results and constraining dark matter properties strongly rely on the dark matter distribution in our galaxy, which can be predicted based on current structure formation theories.

Biographical Sketch

Mark Vogelsberger joined the MIT Physics Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2014. He grew up in Germany, and received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Mainz and his Ph.D. from the University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in 2009. He was an ITC postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2009-2012, and a Hubble fellow from 2012-2013.

Selected Publications

  • "Direct detection of self-interacting dark matter", M. Vogelsberger, J. Zavala, MNRAS, 430, 3 (2013)
  • "Subhaloes in self-interacting galactic dark matter haloes", M. Vogelsberger, J. Zavala, A. Loeb, MNRAS, 423, 4 (2012)
  • "Moving mesh cosmology: numerical techniques and global statistics", M. Vogelsberger, D. Sijacki, D. Keres, V. Springel, L. Hernquist, MNRAS, 425, 4 (2012)
  • "Streams and caustics: the fine-grained structure of Λ cold dark matter haloes", M. Vogelsberger, S.D.M. White, MNRAS, 413, 2 (2011)
  • "Relic density and CMB constraints on dark matter annihilation with Sommerfeld enhancement", J. Zavala, M. Vogelsberger, S.D.M. White, PRD, 81, 8 (2010)
  • "Phase-space structure in the local dark matter distribution and its signature in direct detection experiments", M. Vogelsberger, A. Helmi, V. Springel, et al., MNRAS, 395, 2 (2009)
  • "The Aquarius Project: the subhaloes of galactic haloes", V. Springel, J. Wang, M. Vogelsberger, et al. MNRAS, 391, 4 (2008)
  • "The fine-grained phase-space structure of cold dark matter haloes", M. Vogelsberger, S.D.M. White, A. Helmi, V. Springel, MNRAS, 385, 1 (2008)

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