Sally Laurent-Muehleisen

  • Emeritus Professor of Physics


B.S. University of Wisconsin – Madison
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University (Astrophysics)

Research Interests

My area of research is extragalactic astronomy, specifically quasars and active galaxies. My thesis research involved defining a new sample of active galaxies belonging to the class of “BL Lacs”. As a postdoc I worked with the ( FIRST (Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty centimeters) survey, a radio survey complementing the ( Sloan Digital Sky survey. I have also researched Narrow Lined Seyfert I galaxies and am currently collaborating on studies of Broad Absorption Line Quasars (BALQSOs).


“The X-ray Spectrum and Spectral Energy Distribution of FIRST J155633.8+351758: a LoBAL quasar with a Probable Outflow”, Berrington, R. C., Brotherton, M. S., Gallagher, S. C., Ganguly, R., Shang, Z., DiPompeo M., Chatterjee, R., Lacy, M., Gregg, M. D., Hall, P. B., Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A., 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), 436, 3321

“A Very Large Array Survey of Radio-selected SDSS Broad Absorption Line Quasars”, DiPompeo, M. A., Brotherton, M. S., De Breuck, C. & Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A., 2011, Astrophysical Journal, 743, 71

“Spectropolarimetry of Radio-selected Broad Absorption Line Quasars”, DiPompeo, M. A., Brotherton, M. S., Becker, R. H., Tran, H. D., Gregg, M. D., White, R. L. & Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A., 2010, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 189, 83

“Optical Properties of Radio-selected Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies”, Whalen, D. J., Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A., Moran, E. C. & Becker, R. H., 2006, Astronomical Journal, 131, 1948

“The FIRST Bright Quasar Survey. II. 60 Nights and 1200 Spectra Later”, White, R. L., Becker, R. H., Gregg, M. D., Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A. & 10 others, 2000, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 126, 133

“The RGB Sample of Intermediate BL Lacertae Objects”, Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A., Kollgaard, R. I., Feigelson, E. D., Brinkmann, W. & Siebert, J., 1999, Astrophysical Journal, 525, 127