What Triggers Active Galactic Nuclei?

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    Active galactic nuclei are powered by the in-fall of gas towards a black hole, and can be so luminous that
    they may alter the evolution of the galaxies in which they reside. While all large galaxies host black holes,
    only some galaxies host active galactic nuclei, so these mysterious objects must be triggered by brief or rare
    circumstances. Models of active galactic nuclei predict how frequently they occur and where their host
    galaxies should reside. We will test these predictions using large multi-wavelength astronomical surveys and
    innovative techniques for measuring the faint emission from active galactic nuclei and the dark matter
    masses of galaxies. This will allow us to determine the circumstances that trigger active galactic nuclei.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date4/01/1131/12/14

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD210,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Monash University