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The group is part of the Astrogroup within the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Southampton. We study the circumnuclear dusty environment of active galactic nuclei to learn how supermassive black holes grow, how they influence their host galaxies, and how we can use them as cosmological probes.

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30 August 2016: Welcome David, Marta and James!
David J. Williams will join our group as a postdoc in September. He is an expert in hydrodynamic simulations and will work on developing a new radiative-hydrodynamical model of the dusty environment around AGN (see DUST-IN-THE-WIND project description). David received his PhD from St. Mary's University (Halifax, CA) in 2013 and spent the last 3 years as a postdoc in Dr Hugo Martel's group at the University of Laval (Quebec, CA).

Marta Venanzi will start as a PhD student at the end of September. She graduated from University of Rome La Sapienza with a Masters in Physics this summer. In the course of her final research project, she spent some time at QMUL. Marta's thesis project will focus on developing and exploiting effective and efficient methods to solve the radiative transfer problem in hydrodynamical simulations of dusty gas around AGN.

James H. Leftley will start a joint PhD project with ESO this October. His first two years will be spent at ESO's Chilean headquarters in Santiago before he returns to Southampton to finish his thesis. James graduates with a Master of Physics degree from the University of Southampton. He will use infrared interferometry to understand more about the mass distribution ad accretion processes around supermassive black holes.

Overview of the group's research

The illustration below highlights our main fields of research.