Mayte Alfaro Cuello

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Galactic Nuclei group led by Nadine Neumayer in the Galaxies and Cosmology department at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg, Germany.
I finished my Ph.D. in July 2019 under the supervision of Nadine Neumayer at MPIA as part of the Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD).

ORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1212-2844

My research interests:

  • Nuclear star cluster
  • Stripped nuclei: from low-mass to the high-mass regime
  • Intermediate and supermassive black holes (IMBHs, SMBHs)
  • Globular clusters
  • Integral-field spectroscopy
  • Curriculum Vitae

    A complete version of the CV can be provided under request.

    Positions:

  • 08/2019 - present -- Postdoctoral researcher in the Galactic Nuclei group at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Education:

  • 09/2015 – 07/2019 -- Ph.D. in Astronomy.
    Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) as part of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD), Germany.
    Link to Thesis

  • 2013 – 2015 -- Master’s degree in Astronomy.
    Departamento de física, Universidad de La Serena, La Serena, Chile.

  • 2007 - 2011 -- Licenciatura en Física con mención en Astronomía.
    Departamento de física, Universidad de La Serena, La Serena, Chile.
  • Publications

    NASA/ADS link to publications



  • Recovering Age-Metallicity Distributions from Integrated Spectra: Validation with MUSE Data of a Nearby Nuclear Star Cluster

    A. Boecker, M. Alfaro-Cuello , N. Neumayer, I. Martín-Navarro, and R. Leaman.
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 896, Issue 1, id.13 (2020).

  • A deep view into the nucleus of the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy: M54

    M. Alfaro-Cuello, N. Kacharov, N. Neumayer, A. Mastrobuono-Battisti, N. Lützgendorf, A. C. Seth, T. Böker, S. Kamann, R. Leaman, G. van de Ven, P. Bianchini, L. L. Watkins, and M. Lyubenova.
    Star Clusters: From the Milky Way to the Early Universe. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Volume 351, pp. 47-50 (2020).

  • A deep view into the nucleus of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy with MUSE. II. Kinematic characterization of the stellar populations

    M. Alfaro-Cuello, N. Kacharov, N. Neumayer, P. Bianchini, A. Mastrobuono-Battisti, N. Lützgendorf, A. C. Seth, T. Böker, S. Kamann, R. Leaman, L. L. Watkins, and G. van de Ven.
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 892, Issue 1, id.20 (2020).

  • Light element variations within the different age-metallicity populations in the nucleus of the Sagittarius dwarf

    A. Sills, E. Dalessandro, M. Cadelano, M. Alfaro-Cuello, and J. M. D. Kruijssen
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Volume 490, Issue 1, p.L67-L70 (2019).

  • A deep view into the nucleus of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy with MUSE. I. Data and stellar population characterization

    M. Alfaro-Cuello, N. Kacharov, N. Neumayer, N. Lützgendorf, A. C. Seth, T. Böker, S. Kamann, R. Leaman, G. van de Ven, P. Bianchini, L. L. Watkins, and M. Lyubenova.
    The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 886, Issue 1, article id. 57, 19 pp. (2019).

  • Constraining nuclear star cluster formation using MUSE-AO observations of the early-type galaxy FCC 47

    K. Fahrion, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, R. Leaman, M. Hilker, I. Martín-Navarro, L. Zhu, M. Alfaro-Cuello, L. Coccato, E. M. Corsini, J. Falcón-Barroso, E. Iodice, R. M McDermid, M. Sarzi, and T. de Zeeuw.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 628, id.A92, 21 pp (2019).

  • Single metal-poor ultra compact dwarf galaxy at one kiloparsec distance from the low-mass elliptical galaxy FCC 47

    K. Fahrion, I. Georgiev, M. Hilker, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, M. Alfaro-Cuello, E. M. Corsini, M. Sarzi, R. M. McDermid, and T. de Zeeuw.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 625, id.A50, 17 pp (2019).

  • Probing the nature of the pre-merging system Hickson Compact Group 31 through integral field unit data

    M. Alfaro-Cuello, S. Torres-Flores, E. R. Carrasco, C. Mendes de Oliveira, D. F. de Mello, and P. Amram.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 453, Issue 2, p.1355-1370 (2015).

  • Witnessing Gas Mixing in the Metal Distribution of the Hickson Compact Group HCG 31

    S. Torres-Flores, C. Mendes de Oliveira, P. Amram, M. Alfaro-Cuello, E. R Carrasco, and D. F. de Mello.
    The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 798, Issue 1, article id. L24, 5 pp. (2015).
  • Contact information

    ORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1212-2844

    Email alfaro@mpia.de

    Phone +49 6221 528 488

    mayte.alfaro

    Address Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA)
    Königstuhl 17
    D-69117 Heidelberg
    Germany