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Quantifying the impact of AGN on their host galaxies; Supervisor: Prof. Clive Tadhunter

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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About the Project

There is increasing speculation that active galactic nuclei (AGN) have a major impact on the evolution of their host galaxies by driving powerful jets and outflows that eject the cool gas, thereby affecting the star formation histories of the galaxy bulges. Although this AGN feedback effect is now routinely incorporated into simulations of galaxy evolution, major uncertainties remain about its true significance and the physical mechanisms involved. The aim of this PhD project is to accurately quantify the AGN feedback effect using deep optical/near-IR spectroscopy observations taken with the ESO Very Large Telescope and other international facilities. Although this is primarily a data analysis project, there are expected to be opportunities for the PhD student to participate in observing runs.

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Funding Notes

All our offered projects are potentially STFC-fundable, but we don't yet know our quota (it's likely to be one or two this year, so not all will be funded). However, all projects are also open to candidates with external funding (typically overseas students).

To be considered for STFC funding, applications received before the 15th of February will receive our full attention. We'll consider externally-funded applicants until the 31st of July.

All projects are open to home/EU/international students, but only UK-resident applicants can be considered for STFC funding.

Unless otherwise stated, each project is supervised by the named individual supervisors.
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