Helmut Jerjen

Senior Fellow of the Australian National University

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip, K. Dick, 1928-1982)

Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mt Stromlo Observatory
Australian National University
Cotter Road, Weston ACT 2611

Fax : +61 (0)2 6125 02 60
Tel : +61 (0)2 6125 80 38

ARC-supported discovery project: the Stromlo Milky Way Satellite (SMS) Survey

Publications: ADS (chronologically) or ADS (citation order)

Courses I am teaching at ANU: From Stars to Galaxies (ASTR3007)

I am currently Deputy Associate Director Science Education
and convenor of the RSAA Graduate Program: RSAA PhD Program Info

Send me an email if you like to get further information about any of our exciting degrees and programs.

Research Projects for undergraduate Astronomy/Physics Students: link

My PhD students:

Main Supervisor

Dongwon Kim , March 2014, on-going

Tye Young , March 2012, on-going

Tammy Roderick , March 2011, *PhD completed October 2015*

Emma Kirby, *PhD completed August 2010*

Shane Walsh, *PhD completed October 2008*

Laura Dunn, *PhD completed December 2007*

Brad Warren, *PhD completed May 2005*


Oliver Mueller, University of Basel, March 2015, on-going

Surya Aniyan , May 2013, on-going

Frederic Vogt, *PhD completed*

David Nicholls, *PhD completed March 2014*

Bonita de Swardt, *PhD completed July 2009*

Antoine Bouchard, *PhD completed June 2006*


Emily McNeil, *PhD completed December 2010*

Se-Heon Oh, *PhD completed June 2009*

Eduard Westra, *PhD completed December 2007*

Sebastian Gurovich, *PhD completed August 2006*

Rami Rekola, *PhD completed December 2004*

Research Interests and International Projects I am involved:

ARC-supported discovery project: the Stromlo Milky Way Satellite (SMS) Survey

Dwarf Galaxies: Formation and evolution, morphology, stellar and gas contents, photometric properties

Your meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light,
You common people of the skies;
What are you when the moon shall rise?
love poem by Henry Wotton (17th century)

The First Spiral Structure ever discovered in a Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy

Type-specific luminosity functions of galaxies:

Build your own Galaxy LF

Extragalactic distance indicators:

Surface Brightness Fluctuations, SAPAC, TRGB

The 10 Mpc Sphere:

The Local Sphere of Influence , Galaxies in the Local Volume

The dark side of the local universe:

The Local Volume HI Survey (LVHIS)

The bright side of the dark universe:

Optical properties of HI galaxies , Einstein Ring at z=3.773

Galaxy clusters:

3D-Structure of the Virgo cluster , the Fornax cluster

Near-field cosmology:

Search for optically elusive Milky Way satellites

Amusement: A New Element Detected

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