Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, 1985
Honors and Awards
UCLA Honors College
NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship
NASA Group Achievement Award: Hubble Space Telescope Faint Object Spectrograph Team
NSF Early Career Award
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.
“Dark X-Ray Galaxies in the A1367 Galaxy Cluster”, Henriksen, Mark J., Dusek, S., 2021, ApJL ,917 L33. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/abf941
“The Origin of Intergalactic Light in Compact Groups of Galaxies.”, Henriksen, Mark J., Universe. 2021; 7(8):303. https://doi.org/10.3390/universe7080303
“A Lack of Evidence for Global Ram-Pressure Induced Star Formation in the Merging Cluster Abell 3266”, Henriksen, M.J., Dusek, S., 2021, IJAA, 11, 1. https://doi.org/10.4236/ijaa.2021.111007
“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