Tom Quinn's Home Page

Tom Quinn's home page.

Tom is a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Tom leads the N-Body Shop, where he works on running and analyzing N-body simulations of structure formation in the Universe. His other research interests include Galactic and Solar System dynamics, and planet formation. He is a member of the UW Astrobiology program. He is also involved in developing scientific software for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and chairs the Solar System working group

  • Recent Published Papers (ADS)
  • Submissions to astro-ph preprint server
  • I have collected some useful documents for looking at the SDSS FITS data.


    Winter 2014:

    Astr 190: Cosmology

    He regularly teaches the graduate Stellar Dynamics course, the graduate Magneto-Hydrodynamics course, Origins of the Solar System, the undergraduate Cosmology course and a course on Numerical Methods for Astrophysics.

    He gave recent presentation on planetary accretion.

    Here are a couple of "Web papers" he has contributed to:

  • The formation of the Galilean moons. with Suzanne Foster, Paul Hayne, and Derek Richardson.
  • PKDGRAV Performance Testing. with Brandon Allgood and Joachim Stadel.
  • Here are a couple of cool movies to look at:

  • Evolution of structure in a low Omega Universe.
  • Formation of a cluster of galaxies, showing the dark matter. (low res mpeg)
  • Formation of a cluster of galaxies, showing the dark matter.
  • Formation of a cluster of galaxies, showing the gas.
    email:, phone: 206-685-9009, and fax: 206-685-0403