Project Details


Application to continue post-doctoral support for the execution and scientific exploitation of the WEAVE-LOFAR survey
New radio surveys offer a compelling way of identifying activity in the Universe (whether
the activity is due to star formation or accretion onto supermassive black holes), because of their
incredible sensitivity, great spatial resolution and because they are impervious to dust extinction. At
the same time, new generation massivelymultiplexed
spectrographs are coming online, offering the
chance to simultaneously observe ∼ 1000 sources of interest spread over very wide areas, raising the
prospect of gamechanging
optical spectroscopy of huge statistical samples. In this project, we will
bring together the immense power of two worldleading
facilities, the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR)
and the William Herschel Telescope Enhanced Area Velocity Explorer (WEAVE). By delivering the
survey, and leading its scientific exploitation, we will use this potent combination to:
(i) make unrivalled measurements of the nature of the faint radio source population, (ii) unambiguously
demonstrate the impact of different quenching mechanisms such as feedback from an active galactic
nucleus (AGN) on different types of galaxies, and (iii) onceandforall
solve the mystery of the role of
stellar mass in driving the relationship between a galaxy’s star formation rate and its radio luminosity.
This work plan will also ensure that the UK community as a whole can benefit from the new WEAVELOFAR
dataset containing more than a million hourlong
spectra of radio sources.
Effective start/end date1/04/2431/03/27


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