Discipline: 
Physics
Status: 
Available
Level: 
Summer Project
Supervisor(s): 
Michael Drinkwater

 

It is well known that many quasars (active galaxies powered by gas falling onto a central black hole) are actually expelling gas at high velocity, up to 500 km/s. We don’t know if these fast gas flows are driven by the black hole or by star formation further from the centre. We will measure gas properties in a sample of active galaxies to test these alternative theories. This will be based on two-dimensional spectroscopic observations from the SAMI galaxy survey: http://sami-survey.org
 
Other Important Details, such as required start or end dates or desired skills
I will be away for January, so most of the project will need to take place in November/December/February. I can take two students.
You will need to write data analysis programs in the Python language, but programming experience in any language is sufficient background.