Sherry H. Suyu

Hello! I am an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Munich, a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and a Visiting Scholar at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

I use the spectacular phenomenon of gravitational lensing to probe the dark cosmos: dark energy, dark matter and supermassive black holes. I also work on the extremely bright side of the Universe in observing splendid cosmic fireworks from supernovae.

I have led the H0LiCOW program that measured the expansion rate of our Universe using gravitationally lensed quasars (weblink here). With the support from the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant, I am launching a new program on lensed supernovae: HOLISMOKES!

My research has been featured in the National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian and other magazines and newspapers.

Thanks to my H0LiCOW collaborators for the great teamwork over the years, I have received the 2021 Berkeley Prize from the American Astronomical Society for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.

Below you can find out more about my research and teaching, and the young active researchers whom I am working with.

suyu@mpa-garching.mpg.de

Technical University of Munich
TUM School of Natural Sciences
Department of Physics
James-Franck-Str. 1
85748 Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 289 53620
Office: 3007

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
85748 Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 30000 2015
Office: 103

Research

  • Observational cosmology
  • Cosmic expansion rate
  • Dark energy and dark matter
  • Supermassive black holes
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Supernovae
  • Bayesian inference and methods

Group members

    Irham Andika (Postdoc Fellow)
    Jana Bayer (Ph.D. student)
    Gabriel Bartosch Caminha (GCCL Postdoc Fellow)
    Raoul Cañameras (Postdoc Fellow)
    Janet Ting-Wan Chen (Postdoc Fellow)
    Sebastian Ertl (Ph.D. student)
    Florian Höfer (Bachelor student)
    Simon Huber (Postdoc Fellow)
    Alejandra Melo Melo (Postdoc Fellow)
    Chitsanupong [Chichi] Somma (Bachelor student)
    Kaitlyn Szekerczes (Fulbright Scholar)
    Stefan Taubenberger (Postdoc Fellow)
    Christian Vogl (Postdoc Fellow)
    Han Wang (Ph.D. student)

Group alumni

    James Hung-Hsu Chan (Postdoc Fellow, the City Unversity of New York)
    Dani Chun-Yi Chao (Postdoc Fellow, Ruđer Bošković Institute)
    Geoff Chih-Fan Chen (Postdoc Fellow, UC Los Angeles)
    Giulia Chirivì (Data Scientist)
    Andreas Filipp (Ph.D. student, University of Montreal)
    Stefan Schuldt (Postdoc Fellow, University of Milan)
    Yiping Shu (Faculty Member, Purple Mountain Observatory)
    Kenneth Wong (Postdoc Fellow, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)
    Akın Yıldırım (Financial Analyst)

Teaching

    TUM PH4 (Summer Semester 2021): Experimental Physics 4 (in English)
    TUM PH1 (Winter Semester 2022/3): Experimental Physics 1 (in English)
    TUM PH2206 (Winter Semester 2018/9): Extragalactic Astrophysics
    TUM PH2242 (Winter Semester 2022/3): Gravitational Lensing
Last updated: December 27, 2022