Projects

All of my research is broadly focused on the topic of Active Galactic Nuclei, or AGN for short. These are supermassive black holes (SMBH) that are located at the centre of a host galaxy and are consuming large amounts of gas and dust. This high activity causes the region around the black hole to glow brightly across all of the electromagnetic spectrum, and may sometimes also release massive jets of relativistic plasma from near the poles of the black hole itself. Hence AGN contain an SMBH, a disk or torus of accreting material, and (sometimes) jets of relativistic plasma.

AGN are referred to by many names - quasar, blazar, broad line radio galaxies, and Seyfert galaxies to name a few. These refer to AGN of different powers and luminosities, exhibiting different spectral features, and orientated at different angles to our line of sight.

Using radio lobes to measure galaxy cluster properties (Honours thesis)

A brief description of the work I did in 2018 as part of my Honours thesis at the University of Tasmania.

The spectral signature of interstellar scintillation

A project I undertook in the summer of 2016/2017 with CSIRO in Perth, WA.

Extreme scattering events

A short side-project to my work at CASS

Environment as a cause of radio source asymmetry

An analysis of AGN jet properties in different clustering environments.