Matthew B. Bayliss

Contact Info:


Harvard University

Department of Physics

17 Oxford St

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Office: McKay 106 (Campus); B-216 (CfA)

Office Phones (area code 617):
McKay - 496 0532
CfA - 496 7908


mbayliss -at symbol- cfa (dot) harvard (dot) edu

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Main Page

Curriculum Vitae: PDF

Publications: PDF - ADS


A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

External Links:

South Pole Telescope

Institute for Theory and Computation

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

My research interests are fairly broad, so I'll start by outlining a few of the projects past/present/future that receive most of my attention (along with some relevant papers):

1) Strong lensing selected galaxy cluster samples, and empirical tests of biases inherent in the strong lensing selection (papers: Bayliss+2011 | Blanchard, Bayliss+2013 | Bayliss+2013)

2) Giant arc statistics - using the incidence of strong lensing as a reality check on structure formation theory and cosmology (papers: Bayliss2012 | Bayliss+2011 ).

3) Astrophysics of galaxy clusters and the nature of clusters at high redshift (papers: Bayliss+2013 | McDonald, Bayliss+2012 | Stalder+2012).

4) Properties of highly magnified, gravitationally lensed galaxies (papers: Bayliss+2013 | Dahle+2012 | Sharon+2012 | Gladders+2012 | Wuyts+2012 | Bayliss+2010 | Koester+2010 | Wuyts+2010).

5) Testing the Mass-Concentration relation with strong lensing galaxy clusters (papers: Oguri, Bayliss+2012 | Gralla+2012 | Oguri+2009).

6) Cosmology with galaxy clusters, including mass observable proxies, and the systemmatic impact of the astrophysics of galaxy clusters on cluster cosmolgical experiments (papers: High+2012 | Reichardt+2012 | Benson+2011).

7) Millimeter observations of the Magellanic Clouds (courtesy of SPT). This is very much work in-progress, and I welcome anyone with LMC/SMC expertise who is interested in getting involved (just email me).

1) I wrote a science highlight summary for the NOAO newsletter (Vol 104). And then another one (front page at NOAO -- woohoo!) on the SPT-GMOS spectroscopic survey of galaxy clusters identified by the South Pole Telescope.

2) I worked with the folks at Gemini Observatory to put out a press release on the "Phoenix Cluster" discovered by the South Pole Telescope, published in Nature (see McDonald, Bayliss+2012 for the science article).

3) The Chicago Tribue interviewed me for an article a few years back about the University of Chicago buying into the Magellan Telescopes (and also the upcoming Giant Magellan Telescope project). So that was kind of fun/interesting.

Lastly, it's fun to close with a cool animation (not mine): the red sequence of RCS-2 galaxy clusters as a function of redshift (Credit: Ben Koester).