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 Athena (ESA), and in ground observatories like GTC, OAJ and ESO. We also collaborate in other facilities such as SPICA(ESA).

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
 Quasars with star formation
 The Bright Ultra-hard XMM-Newton Survey (BUXS): Obscured black hole growth in the z<1 Universe

Group Project Grants

Group Members




Group Publications

Group publications (all) in the Astrophysical Data System (ADS)

Group publications (year 2018) in the Astrophysical Data System (ADS)


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