Galaxies and AGNs

Galaxies and AGNs The main goal of the scientific activities in our group is to understand  galaxy evolution along  cosmic history. In particular, discovering how and when stars formed in galaxies, how and when supermassive black holes in their centers grow and what is the relation between both processes, known as feedback. These studies span from the local Universe to the first and more distant galaxies formed, but with special emphasis in the epoch of major activity, both regarding star formation and supermassive black hole growth, that is when the Universe was at  20%-50% of its current age (z~1-3).

For this purpose, our group carries out astronomical observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio, infrared or optical to the X-rays. Competitive access to the most relevant astronomical ground (VLT and ALMA in ESO, IRAM, VLA/Jansky, Effelsberg, EVN, GTC, ORM, CAHA, etc.) and space (XMM-Newton, Spitzer, Herschel) observatories, is an essential asset in  our group, since scientific achievements are often driven by such observations.

Regarding the large astronomical infrastructures and their related advanced instrumentation, our group aims at participating in leading positions in the most competitive projects at  Spanish, European and world-wide level. The participation in scientific teams, the development of software for data processing and the development of new sensors for X-rays detection in collaboration with other CSIC centers, are areas where the group has gathered  expertise.  These activities are considered by the group as an strategic target. Some of our researchers have a relevant role in future space missions such as JWST (NASA/ESA) or Athena (ESA), and in ground observatories like GTC, OAJ and ESO.

The main research projects of the group can be summarised as:

 Extragalactic Surveys
 Intrumentation for Large Telescopes
 ATHENA: A mission to understand the hot and energetic Universe
 ARCHES : Astronomical Resource Cross-matching for High Energy Studies
 Quasars with star formation
 The Bright Ultra-hard XMM-Newton Survey (BUXS): Obscured black hole growth in the z<1 Universe
 A mid-infrared survey of AGN using CanariCam on the GTC

Group Project Grants

Group Members and AGNs5 RESEARCH PROFESSOR J.CARRERATROYANOmailto:carreraf@ifca.unican.es942201340107UCGalaxies and AGNs20 PROFESSOR TERESACEBALLOS MERINOmailto:ceballos@ifca.unican.es942202091123CSICGalaxies and AGNs21 PROFESSOR MARTINmailto:cobo@ifca.unican.es942206731109CSICGalaxies and AGNs23 PERSONNELÁNDEZSOTOmailto:fsoto@ifca.unican.es942201459110CSICGalaxies and AGNs34 PROFESSOR and AGNs36 STUDENT IGNACIOGONZALEZ SERRANOmailto:gserrano@ifca.unican.es942201578108UCGalaxies and AGNs40 PROFESSOR ALIKHANFRANCOUCGalaxies and AGNs106 PERSONNELÑEZmailto:smartinez@ifca.unican.es942206733104CSICGalaxies and AGNs100 PERSONNELÑEZmailto:mateos@ifca.unican.es942206732117UCGalaxies and AGNs56 PERSONNEL


Group Publications populations of galaxies in the ALHAMBRA survey up to z ~ 1: I. MUFFIT: A multi-filter fitting code for stellar population diagnostics2015-10-01T00:00:00.0000000ZAstronomy and AstrophysicsDiáz-Garciá L. ALHAMBRA survey: Estimation of the clustering signal encoded in the cosmic variance2015-10-01T00:00:00.0000000ZAstronomy and AstrophysicsLópez-Sanjuan C. long gamma-ray bursts biased tracers of star formation? Clues from the host galaxies of the Swift/BAT6 complete sample of LGRBs: I. Stellar mass at z < 12015-09-01T00:00:00.0000000ZAstronomy and AstrophysicsVergani S.



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