Group members

Sebastian F. Hoenig

Associate Professor in Astrophysics, group leader

PhD 2008 (University of Bonn, Germany), then postdoc at the Max-Planck-Insitute for Radio Astronomy (2008-2010), DFG Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara (2010-2013), and Dark & Marie Curie Fellow at the Dark Cosmology Centre (2013-2014). My main interests are active galactic nuclei (AGN) in the infrared as seen with the highest angular resolution. I created the CAT3D radiative transfer code to interpret the dust emission of AGN and use interferometry (mostly the VLTI) to unveil the mass distribution on parsec scales around the black hole. More recently I work on establishing the AGN dust emission as a cosmological tool. I am PI of the ERC Starting Grant project DUST-IN-THE-WIND.

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Bella Boulderstone

PhD student

MPhys 2014 (University of Lancaster), MPhys 2015 (Queen Mary University), Mayflower PhD student at the University of Southampton since 2015.

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James Leftley

PhD student

MPhys 2016 (University of Southampton), PhD student at ESO and the University of Southampton since 2016. His first two years will be spent at ESO's Chilean headquarters in Santiago before he returns to Southampton to finish his thesis. James graduated 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.

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Marta Venanzi

PhD student

Master in Theoretical Physics 2016 (University of Rome La Sapienza), ERC PhD student at the University of Southampton since 2016. In the course of her final research project at the master level, 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.

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David J. Williamson

Research Fellow

PhD 2013 (St. Mary's University, Halifax, CA), then postdoc at the University of Laval, Quebec, CA (2013-2016). He is an expert in hydrodynamic simulations and will work on developing a new radiative-hydrodynamical model of the dusty environment around AGN.

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Jens Juel Jensen

PhD student (University of Copenhagen)

MSc 2013 (University of Copenhagen), currently PhD student at the Dark Cosmology Centre (University of Copenhagen) in joint superision by Prof. Marianne Vestergaard (Dark) and Sebastian Hoenig (Southampton). My main interests are the physics of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and their environment, and the role they play in galaxy formation and evolution. I currently work on two projects: one project is related to mass determinations of supermassive black holes in AGN using optical spectroscopic data and the second one concerning PAH features in the circum-nuclear regions of AGN using mid-infrared spectroscopic data.

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