Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity
BHOLE Project

SUPERVISOR/HOST INSTITUTION: Junfeng Wang (Department of Astronomy, Xiamen University)

PROJECT TITLE: Comparing Simulations of AGN Feedback with X-ray Observations

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Understanding the connection between the growth of supermassive black holes and the assembly of their host galaxies has been one of the frontiers of extragalactic astronomy, but much of the details of this co-evolution have yet to be elucidated. This project aims to utilize high spatial resolution X-ray imaging spectroscopy and multi-wavelength observations of nearby active galaxies, to obtain spatially resolved properties of the hot diffuse gas and outflows, and to compare the impact of AGN feedback with the predictions of numerical simulations. This allows us to assess how the active galactic nuclei inject energy into the interstellar medium of their host galaxies, aided by the black hole and host-galaxy properties measured by the BHOLE project.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: General familiarity with handling of astronomical images; general knowledge of AGN physics and extragalactic astronomy. Experience in one or more of the following topics would be a plus: (1) X-ray imaging spectroscopy; (2) far-IR/sub-mm studies of galaxies; (3) IFU data analysis


1. Wang et al. 2014, ApJ, 781, 55: Fast and Furious: Shock Heated Gas as the Origin of Spatially Resolved Hard X-Ray Emission in the Central 5 kpc of the Galaxy Merger NGC 6240
2. Nardini, Wang et al. 2013, ApJ, 765, 141: The Exceptional Soft X-Ray Halo of the Galaxy Merger NGC 6240
3. Appleton, Lanz, Bitsakis, Wang et al. 2015, ApJ, 812, 118: X-Ray Emission from the Taffy (VV254) Galaxies and Bridge
4. Wang et al. 2011, ApJ, 742, 23: A Deep Chandra ACIS Study of NGC 4151. III. The Line Emission and Spectral Analysis of the Ionization Cone
5. Wang et al.2011, ApJ, 736, 62: A Deep Chandra ACIS Study of NGC 4151. II. The Innermost Emission Line Region and Strong Evidence for Radio Jet-NLR Cloud Collision