Image of M87
M87, the nearest optical jet

Eric S. Perlman

                        Phone:  321-674-7741
150 West University Boulevard
                        Fax:      321-674-7482 
Melbourne, FL  32901

Welcome to the WWW home of Eric Perlman.  I am a Professor in the Department of Physics and Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of TechnologyHere you can read about my personal and professional interests and news, as well as the classes I teach.

My research specialties include blazars, the physics and evolution of active galaxies,  the physics of jets, clusters of galaxies, cosmology, the usage of astronomical observations to constrain quantum gravity models, and survey astronomy.  Here is a list of my publicationsI am a member of the CanariCam Science Team -- AGN, a guaranteed-time key project team on the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias.

In my spare time, I am a singer, and I am an avid board-games player, particularly chess and scrabble.  I am also a member of the American Astronomical Society's Working Group on Professional-Amateur Collaboration and the chair for the Florida Academy of Sciences' Physics and Space Sciences Division.

Press Releases and Coverage:

May 2015:  Chandra X-ray Center Press Release:  NASA Telescopes Set Limits on Space-time Quantum "Foam", with accompanying blog.  Featured in, Ars Technica, Astronomy and other outlets

May 2015:  STScI Press release:  Hubble Video Shows Shock Collision Inside Black Hole Jet, featured in Slate,, CNET, Science News, Astronomy, The Los Angeles Times, Universe Today and other outlets.

October 2012:  ICRAR press release: Astronomers Capture 2-Million Light-year-long Extragalactic Afterburner, featured in Science News,, CBS News,, Fox News, and other outlets.

May 2010:  STScI press release: Supermassive Black Holes May Frequently Roam Galaxy Centers, with accompanying blog.  Featured in Science Daily, Astronomy, and other outlets.

January 2007:  Gemini press release:  Small Warm Doughnut Feeds Theories of Extragalactic Black Holes, featured in Space News, Astronomy, and other outlets

March 2006: Coverage in the News of the Week section of Science as part of a commentary "Ring Around a Quasar May Deflate Quantum Foam After All". Also featured in Physics Today,, New Scientist and other outlets.

October 2001: Gemini Observation Deepens Mystery of Local Active Galaxy featured in Science "News of the Week", Space News, Sky & Telescope,, and other outlets

July 2000: Hubble Heritage Site on the M87 jet

Fall 2015 Teaching:

PHY 2003 - Modern Physics

PHY 3060 - Thermodynamics, Kinetics & Statistical Mechanics

Public Talks and Presentations:

May 17, 2010: 
A Displaced black hole in the galaxy M87?

March 28, 2008: 
What lurks in the hearts of galaxies?
                               Movie 1         Movie 2

March 23, 2007:  Relativistic Jets:  Nature's Highest Energy Sources

                               Podcast requires ITunes.  Select "Community Login", then "College of Science", then  "Astronomy and Astrophysics Public Lecture Series" to access talk.

Last Modified June 16, 2015