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Andres A Plazas Malagon

  • PhD, Physics and Astronomy,  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, (2012)
  • MSc, Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, (2009)
  • BSc, Physics, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, (2007)

Research Interests

Cosmology, Astrophysics, Weak Gravitational Lensing, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Large Scale Structure, Cluster Cosmology, Data Analysis, Astronomical Surveys, Observational Methods and Instrumentation in Astronomy, Software Developing and Testing in Astronomy, Education and Public Outreach.


Dark Energy Survey (DES) Icon Dark Energy Survey (DES)
DES is a optical survey that covers 5000 square degree of the sky and aims at constraining dark energy through weak lensing, SN1A, galaxy clusters, and baryonic acoustic oscillations.

Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Icon Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a NASA observatory designed to perform wide-field imaging and surveys of the near infrared (NIR) sky.

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) Icon Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC)
The LSST is a ground-based telescope in Chile that has been designed to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The LSST is due to begin observing in 2020.

Professional Experience
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar in the Astrophysics and Space Sciences Section at NASA/JPL Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA (April 2015 -Present)
  • Research Associate, Cosmology Group, Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA (October 2012–February 2015)
  • Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Philadelphia, PA, USA (September 2007-October 2012)
  • Observer and Run Manager of the Dark Energy Survey, V. Blanco 4m telescope, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory,  La Serena, Chile (September 2013 and September 2014)
  • Observer,  Mayall 4m telescope, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ, USA (November 2009)
  • Visiting Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL, USA (Summer of 2006, 2007, and 2008)

Selected Awards
  • Zaccheus Daniel Foundation for Astronomical Science Award, (2010)

Selected Publications
  1. Plazas, A.A., Bernstein G., & Sheldon E., On-sky measurements of the transverse electric fields’ effects in the Dark Energy Camera CCDs, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 126, issue 942, pp.750-760 (2014).
  2. Plazas, A.A. & Bernstein, G., Atmospheric dispersion effects in weak lensing measurements. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP), (2012).
  3. Vikram, V.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., Wide-Field Lensing Mass Maps from DES Science Verification Data, arXiv: 1504.03002.
  4. Gruen, D.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A., Seitz, S., Characterization and correction of charge-induced pixel shifts in DECam, JINST accepted (2014), arXiv: 1501.02802.
  5. Melchior, P.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., Mass and galaxy distributions of four massive galaxy clusters from Dark Energy Survey Science Verification data, MNRAS submitted (2014), arXiv: 1405.4285.
  6. Reed, S.L.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., DES J0454−4448: Discovery of the First Luminous z ≥ 6 Quasar from the Dark Energy Survey, arXiv: 1504.03064.
  7. Fang Yuan, C.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., OzDES multi-fibre spectroscopy for the Dark Energy Survey: first-year operation and results, MNRAS submitted, arXiv: 1504.03039.
  8. Poci, A.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., DESAlert: Enabling Real-Time Transient Follow- Up with Dark Energy Survey Data, PASA submitted arXiv: 1504.02996.
  9. Zhang, Y., . . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., Galaxies in X-ray Selected Clusters and Groups in Dark Energy Survey Data: Stellar Mass Growth of Bright Central Galaxies Since z 1.2 , arXiv: 1504.02983.
  10. Goldstein, D.A.,. . . , Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., Automated Transient Identification in the Dark Energy Survey, arXiv: 1504.02936.
  11. Flaugher, B.,. . . , Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., The Dark Energy Camera, AJ submitted (2015), arXiv: 1504.02900.
  12. The Fermi-LAT Collaboration, The DES Collaboration, Drilica-Wagner, A.,. . . ,Plazas,A.A., . . . , et al., Search for Gamma-Ray Emission from DES Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy Candidates with Fermi-LAT Data, ApJ Letters submitted (2015), arXiv: 1503.02632.
  13. The DES Collaboration, Bechtol, K.. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., Eight New Milky Way Companions Discovered in First-Year Dark Energy Survey Data, ApJ submitted (2015), arXiv: 1503.02584.
  14. Balbinot, E.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., The LMC geometry and outer stellar populations from early DES data, MNRAS, v449, issue 1, Pp. 1129-1145 arXiv: 1502.05050.
  15. Papadopoulos, A.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., DES13S2cmm: The First Superluminous Supernova from the Dark Energy Survey, MNRAS, v449, issue 2, Pp. 1215-1227, (2015), arXiv:1501.07232.
  16. Chang, C.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., Modelling the Transfer Function for the Dark Energy Survey, ApJ submitted (2014) arXiv: 1411.0032.
  17. Diehl, H.,. . . ,Plazas, A.A.,. . . , et al., The Dark Energy Survey and operations: Year 1 , Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490V (August 6, 2014).

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