Research InterestsResearch Interests
Prof. Minor's research focuses primarily on dark matter in dwarf spheroidal galaxies, which are among the most dark matter-dominated objects in the universe. With an eye toward elucidating the particle nature of dark matter, he is developing statistical tools to extract the amount and distribution of dark matter in dwarf galaxies from spectroscopic data sets. He also studies binary star populations in these galaxies, comparing binary properties in different populations to test the universality of the star formation process. Dr. Minor is also interested in using strong gravitational lensing to probe dark matter halo structure and substructure, particularly from upcoming sky surveys such as LSST, and has written software to simulate gravitational lenses for this purpose.