R. Michael Rich

University of California, Los Angeles


My principal research interest is in the Galactic bulge and stellar populations. I am interested in the age and origin of the bulge and thick disk and the relationship of those populations to the inner halo and globular clusters. I have also worked on the binary star content of the local Galactic halo population, and am interested in dwarf galaxies, as well as the low surface brightness Universe, and resolved stellar populations of galaxies in the Local Volume. I am a member of the Stars, Milky Way, and Local Volume collaboration, as well as the Galaxies science collaboration. I have a major interest in the Rubin Observatory being successful with the analysis of extremely crowded stellar populations, and am currently working to evaluate how successful the LSST pipeline is in the analysis of extremely crowded populations.

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