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Dr Martin Bourne

Dr Martin Bourne

Office Phone: (01223) 746430

Biography:

I have been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Astronomy and Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge since September 2015. I work in the group of Debora Sijacki, primarily on simulations of AGN feedback. Prior to moving to Cambridge, I completed my MPhys (2010) at the University of Oxford and my Ph.D. thesis (2015) - Destroying galaxies (or not) with AGN feedback, un the supervision of Sergei Nayakshin, in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Leicester. I have also spent time at Leiden University where I worked with Joop Schaye on the early stages of the EAGLE project and have completed a PGCE at the University of Bath.

Research Interests

My research interests mainly focus on the co-evolution of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) and their host galaxies, for which I often make use of supercomputers to perform hydrodynamical simulations. Since joining the IoA and KICC I have worked on SMBH feedback in the form of jets. By simulating this process I hope to gain an understanding of how the jet interacts with the intra-cluster medium and in turn how the jets impact cooling within the cluster. I am also interested in SMBH feedback in the form of fast, wide angled outflows and understanding how they can impact upon the gas within the host galaxy and drive observed scaling relations.

Collaborators

Key Publications

  • AGN jet feedback on a moving mesh: cocoon inflation, gas flows and turbulence; M. A. Bourne & Debora Sijacki, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 472, Issue 4, p.4707-4735 (2017)
  • Do AGN outflows quench or enhance star formation?; K. Zubovas & M. A. Bourne, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 468, Issue 4, p.4956-4967 (2017)
  •  Simulating feedback from nuclear clusters: the impact of multiple sources, M. A. Bourne & C. Power, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Volume 456, Issue 1, p.L20-L24 (2016)
  • The resolution bias: low-resolution feedback simulations are better at destroying galaxies, M. A. Bourne, K. Zubovas & S. Nayakshin, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 453, Issue 2, p.1829-1842 (2015)
  • Black hole feedback in a multiphase interstellar medium, M. A. Bourne, S. Nayakshin & A. Hobbs, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 436, Issue 3, p.2346-2351 (2014)
  • Inverse Compton X-ray signature of AGN feedback, M. A. Bourne & S. Nayakshin, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 441, Issue 4, p.3055-3064 (2013)

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