(Peking University, Beijing)
Eric Peng received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University from 2003 to 2004 and later a Plaskett Fellow at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophyics in Victoria BC.
He is currently a Faculty Research Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at Peking University in Beijing, China. Dr. Peng studies the structure and stellar content of nearby galaxies in order to better understand how galaxies form. He is a member of the ACS Virgo Cluster Survey team looking at globular cluster populations in early-type galaxies in the cluster.
Eric and his collaborators use Hubble images to study the globular cluster systems and nuclei of elliptical and lenticular galaxies. They also use the velocities of globular clusters and planetary nebulae to measure the amount of dark matter in galaxies.
Fellow members of the ACS Virgo Cluster Survey team include: P. Cote (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria BC), J. Blakeslee (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory/Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics and Washington State University), L. Ferrarese (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, BC), A. Jordan (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), S. Mei (Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees), D. Merritt (Rochester Institute of Technology), M. Milosavljevic (California Institute of Technology), J. Tonry (University of Hawaii), and M. West (European Southern Observatory, Chile).
The Hubble Heritage Team acknowledges E. Baltz (Stanford University) for the use of his archived data of M87. We also wish to thank J. Madrid
(McMaster University), B. Cotton and J. Uson, (NRAO), and W. Forman and K. Kowal-Arcand (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics).