Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, 1985
Before coming to UMBC in 1999, I was an associate professor at the University of North Dakota and visiting assistant professor at UCLA. After graduate school, I was a post-doc at the Space Telescope Science Institute and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.
My research field of interest is high energy astrophysics. In particular, I study the formation of large scale structure in the Universe: galaxy clusters, superclusters, and filaments. Structure formation involves energetic collisions of massive objects that produce a ~100 million Kelvin plasma as well as relativistic protons and electrons. These in turn produce a characteristic X-ray signature that I use to study the physics of structure formation.
“Hard X-ray Emission from the NGC 5044 Group”, Henriksen, M.J., 2011, ApJ, 726, 9.
“The X-ray View of Abell 3120”, Henriksen, M. & Finoguenov A., 2009, ApJ, 701, 122.
“A Puzzling Merger in A3266: The Hydrodynamic Picture from XMM-Newton “, Finoguenov, A., Henriksen, M., Miniati, F.; Briel, U. G.; Jones, C, 2006, ApJ, 643, 790.
“Cluster Mergers, Core Oscillations, and Cold Fronts “, Tittley, E.,& Henriksen, M., 2005, ApJ, 618, 227.
“XMM-Newton Study of A3562 and Its Immediate Shapley Environs “, Finoguenov, A., Henriksen, M., Briel, U. G., de Plaa, J., Kaastra, J. S, 2004, ApJ, 611, 811