Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

Rachel Mandelbaum

Associate Professor

Astrophysics & Cosmology
Wean Hall 8402

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Prof. Rachel Mandelbaum

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: Princeton University (2006)

Honors and Awards:
Falco-DeBenedetti Career Development Professor (2013)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2013)
DOE Early Career Award (2012)
AAS Annie Jump Cannon Prize (2011)
Hubble Fellow (2006)
Kusaka Memorial Prize, Princeton University (2000)


Indefinite Tenure, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014–
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011–14
Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, 2011–12
Post-doctoral Research: Princeton University, 2009–11
Post-doctoral Research: Institute for Advanced Study, 2006–09

Research Interests

My research interests are predominantly in the areas of observational cosmology and galaxy studies.  This work includes the use of weak gravitational lensing and other analysis techniques, with projects that range from development of improved data analysis methods, to actual application of such methods to existing data.  Currently, I am focusing on data from the SDSS (including SDSS-III and the ongoing SDSS-IV) and Hyper-SuprimeCam (HSC), and am working on upcoming surveys including LSST, Euclid, and WFIRST.

Selected Publications

R. Mandelbaum , W. Wang, Y. Zu, S. White, B. Henriques,  S. More, Strong bimodality in the host halo mass of central galaxies from galaxy–galaxy lensing, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457, 3200 (2016)

S. Singh, R. Mandelbaum, Intrinsic alignments of BOSS LOWZ galaxies – II. Impact of shape measurement methods, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457, 2301 (2016)

B.T.P. Rowe et al., GalSim: The modular galaxy image simulation toolkit, Astronomy and Computing 10, 121 (2015)

R. Mandelbaum et al., GREAT3 results - I. Systematic errors in shear estimation and the impact of real galaxy morphology, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 450, 2963 (2015)

Ying Zu, Rachel Mandelbaum, Mapping stellar content to dark matter haloes using galaxy clustering and galaxy–galaxy lensing in the SDSS DR7Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 454, 1161 (2015) 

A. Tenneti, R. Mandelbaum, T. Di Matteo, Y. Feng, N. Khandai, Galaxy shapes and intrinsic alignments in the MassiveBlack-II simulationMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 441, 470 (2014) 

Rachel Mandelbaum et al., The third gravitational lensing accuracy testing (GREAT3) challenge handbookThe Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 212, 5 (2014) 

R. Mandelbaum, A. Slosar, T. Baldauf, U. Seljak, C. M. Hirata, R. Nakajima, R. Reyes, R. E. Smith, Cosmological parameter constraints from galaxy-galaxy lensing and galaxy clustering with the SDSS DR7Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 432, 1544 (2013)

B. Joachimi, R. Mandelbaum, F. B. Abdalla, S. L. Bridle, Constraints on intrinsic alignment contamination of weak lensing surveys using the MegaZ-LRG sampleAstronomy & Astrophysics 527, A26 (2011)

Tobias Baldauf, Robert E. Smith, Uroš Seljak, Rachel Mandelbaum, Algorithm for the direct reconstruction of the dark matter correlation function from weak lensing and galaxy clusteringPhysical Review D 81, 063531 (2010)

Reinabelle Reyes, Rachel Mandelbaum, Uros Seljak, Tobias Baldauf, James E. Gunn, Lucas Lombriser, Robert E. Smith, Confirmation of general relativity on large scales from weak lensing and galaxy velocitiesNature 464, 256 (2010)

R. Reyes, R. Mandelbaum, C. Hirata, N. Bahcall, U. Seljak, Improved optical mass tracer for galaxy clusters calibrated using weak lensing measurementsMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 390, 1157 (2008)

R. Mandelbaum et al., Precision photometric redshift calibration for galaxy–galaxy weak lensingMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 386, 781 (2008)

Rachel Mandelbaum, Uros Seljak, Guinevere Kauffmann, Christopher M. Hirata, Jonathan Brinkmann, Galaxy halo masses and satellite fractions from galaxy-galaxy lensing in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: stellar mass, luminosity, morphology and environment dependenciesMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 368, 715 (2006)

Rachel Mandelbaum, Christopher M. Hirata, Mustapha Ishak, Uros Seljak, Jonathan Brinkmann, Detection of large-scale intrinsic ellipticity-density correlation from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and implications for weak lensing surveysMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 367, 611 (2006)

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