Image of M87
M87, the nearest optical jet
Yours Truly, on vacation in Italy (1999)

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.  Here you can read about my personal and professional interests and news, as well as the classes I teach.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology.  My research interests include blazars, the physics and evolution of active galaxies,  the physics of jets, cosmology, and survey astronomy, including the application of artificial intelligence and data mining techniques to astronomy.  I am a member of the CanariCam Science Team -- AGN, a guaranteed-time key project team on the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias, now nearing completion on La Palma (first light achieved last summer with 12/36 segments).

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-elect for the Florida Academy of Sciences' Physics and Space Sciences Division.

Press Releases and Coverage:

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 2009 Teaching:

PHY 1001-01:  Physics 1

Public Talks:

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 August 27, 2009