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David Meier

  • B.S. Physics, University of Missouri, Rolla (1971)
  • M.S. Physics, University of Missouri, Rolla, (1973)
  • M.A. Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin (1975)
  • Ph.D. Astrophysics, The University of Texas at Austin (1977)

    Research Interests
    • Theory of black hole accretion disk winds and jets
    • Theory of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and quasars
    • Radio astronomy; very long baseline interferometry of AGN and quasars
    • Space interferometry mission design and analysis (both radio and optical)
    • Finite element analysis
    • Finite difference analysis and magnetohydrodynamics
    • Relativistic astrophysics
    • Parallel supercomputing
    • Galaxy formation and evolution


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    Professional Experience
    • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      • Group Supervisor, Evolution of Galaxies Group (2008 - present)
      • Senior Research Scientist (2006 - present)
      • Principal Member of the Technical Staff (1999 - 2006)
      • Senior Member of the Technical Staff (1980 - 1984)
      • Member of the Technical Staff (1980 - 1984)
    • California Institute of Technology
      • Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics (1979 - 1980)
      • Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics (1977 - 1978)
    • Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK
      • NATO Postdoctoral Fellow (1978 - 1979)
    • The University of Texas, Department of Astronomy
      • Graduate researcher with J. Craig Wheeler (1975 - 1977)
      • Graduate researcher with Beatrice Tinsley (1974 - 1975)
      • Graduate researcher with David Schramm (1973 - 1974)
    • University of Missouri, Rolla
      • Graduate researcher with Edward Hale (1972 - 1973)
    • Washington University School of Medicine
      • Student summer researcher with David Apirion (1966 - 1969)

    Selected Publications
    1. Fragile, P. C. and Meier, D. L. 2009, Astroph. J., in press. 'Effects of Radiative Cooling in General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations of Black Hole Accretion Disks.'
    2. Horiuchi, S., Meier, D.L. , Preston, R.A., and Tingay, S.J. 2006, Pub. Astron. Soc. Japan, 58, 211-216. 'Ten milliparsec-scale structure of the nuclear region of Centaurus A.'
    3. Meier, D. L. 2005, Astroph. Sp. Sci. , 300, 55-65. 'Magnetically Dominated Accretion Flows (MDAFs) and Jet Production in the Low/Hard State.'
    4. Nakamura, M. and Meier, D. L. 2004, Astroph. J. , 617, 123-154. 'Poynting Flux Dominated Jets in Decreasing Density Atmospheres: I. The Non-relativistic Current-driven Kink Instability and the Formation of 'Wiggled' Structures.'
    5. Meier, D. L. 2004, Astroph. J. , 605, 340-349. 'Ohm's Law in the Fast Lane: General Relativistic Charge Dynamics.'
    6. Meier, D. L. 2003, Astroph. J. , 595, 980-991. 'Constrained Transport Algorithms for Numerical Relativity. I. Development of a Finite-Difference Scheme.'
    7. Meier, D. L. and Folkner, W. M. 2003, in Interferometry in Space, an SPIE conference in Waikoloa, HI, 26-28 August, 2002; Proc. SPIE Int. Soc. Opt. Eng. , 4852, 131-142. 'SIMsim: An End-to-End Simulation of The Space Interferometer Mission.'
    8. Wheeler, J.C., Meier, D.L. , and Wilson, J.R. 2002, Astrophys. J. , 563, 807-819. 'Asymmetric Supernovae from Magnetocentrifugal Jets'.
    9. Koide, S., Shibata, K., Kudoh, T., and Meier, D. L. 2002, Science, 295, 1688. 'Extraction of Black Hole Rotational Energy by a Magnetic Field and the Formation of Relativistic Jets'.
    10. Meier, D. L. 2001, Astrophys. J. Letters, 548, L9-12. 'The Association of Jet Production with Thick Disk Accretion and Black Hole Rotation'.
    11. Meier, D.L. , Koide, S., and Uchida, Y. 2001, Science, 291, 84-92. 'Magnetohydrodynamic Production of Relativistic Jets'.
    12. Koide, S., Meier, D. L. , Shibata, K., and Kudoh, T. 2000, Astrophys. J. , 536, 668-674. 'General Relativistic Simulations of Jet Formation in a Rapidly Rotating Black Hole Magnetosphere'.
    13. Meier, D. L. and Fomalont, E. B. 2000, Advances in Space Research, 26, 629-635. 'Operating a Telescope Larger than the Earth: How The VSOP Space VLBI Mission is Scheduled'.
    14. Meier, D. L. 1999, Astrophys. J. , 518, 788-813. 'Multi-Dimensional Astrophysical Structural and Dynamical Analysis I. Development of a Nonlinear Finite Element Approach'.
    15. Meier, D. L. , Edgington, S., Godon, P., Payne, D. G., and Lind, K. R. 1997, Nature, 388, 350-352. 'A magnetic switch that determines the speed of astrophysical jets'.
    16. Meier, D. L. , Jauncey, D. L., Preston, R. A., Tzioumis, A. K., Wehrle, A. E., et al. 1989, Astron. J. , 98, 27. 'The High Resolution Structure of the Centaurus A Nucleus at 2.3 GHz and 8.4 GHz'.
    17. Lind, K. R., Payne, D. G., Meier, D. L. , and Blandford, R. D. 1989, Astrophys. J. , 344, 89-103. 'Numerical Simulations of Magnetized Jets'.
    18. Meier, D.L. 1982, Astrophys. J. , 256, 681. 'The Structure and Appearance of Winds from Supercritical Accretion Disks. II. Dynamical Theory of Supercritical Winds'.
    19. Begelman, M.C. and Meier, D.L. 1982, Astrophys. J. , 253, 873. 'Thick Accretion Disks: Self-Similar, Supercritical Models'.
    20. Meier, D.L. and Terlevich, R. 1981, Astrophys. J. Letters , 246, L109. 'Extragalactic H II Regions in the UV: Implications for Primeval Galaxies'.
    21. Meier, D.L. and Sunyaev, Rashid A. 1979, Scientific American, 241, 130-138. 'Primeval Galaxies'.
    22. Mazurek, T.J., Meier, D.L. , and Wheeler, J.C. 1977, Astrophys. J. , 213, 518. 'Inherent Problems of Detonation Formation in the Cores of 4-8 Mʘ Stars'.
    23. Meier, D.L. , 1976, Astrophys. J. , 207, 343-350. 'The Optical Appearance of Model Primeval Galaxies'.
    24. Meier, D.L. , Epstein, R.I., Arnett, W.D., and Schramm, D.N., 1976, Astrophys. J. , 204, 869-878. 'Magnetohydrodynamic Phenomena in Collapsing Stellar Cores'.
    25. Mayuga, C., Meier, D. , and Wang, T., 1968, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 33, 203. 'Escherichia Coli: The k12 Ribosomal Protein and the Streptomycin Region of the Chromosome'.

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