|John David Silverman
Ever since being swept into the field of astronomy back in the spring of 1995 at the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, I have been heavily involved in the study of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), a population of galaxies undergoing substantial growth of their central black holes. This includes the completion of a thesis from the University of Virginia that addressed the evolution of AGN using ground-based optical telescopes to identify X-ray sources detected by the Chandra Observatory.
From there, my path has led to central Europe as a postdoctoral scientist to work with leading research groups at Max Planck Institute in Garching and ETHZurich to elucidate the broader role of supermassive black holes in the evolution of galaxies. As a member of the zCOSMOS survey, we have mapped the three-dimensional distribution of galaxies with the Very Large Telescope and those that host AGN to determine the connection between black hole accretion and star formation, and the influence of environment.
Now as an IPMU researcher, I plan to use the Subaru telescope, loaded with new near-infrared capabilities, to answer questions regarding the growth of supermassive black holes in the early Universe. Furthermore, AGN science will be an active area at IPMU especially with respect to SDSS-III and wide-area surveys with HyperSuprimeCam.
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