The award for this project allow further development of the computer code "Cloudy" to implement a new and powerful analysis technique for emission lines in active galactic nuclei (AGN), known as Independent Component Analysis. This will help connect the large array of existing spectroscopic measurements back to the physical nature of the emitting gas producing the emission lines, and from there back to the overall nature of the active galactic nucleus itself.

Broader impacts of the work include training of graduate students and postdocs in AGN physics and computer code development. Cloudy is used by hundreds of researchers in astronomy and this award will support continued development and distribution of this important tool.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)
Type
Standard Grant (Standard)
Application #
1108928
Program Officer
Richard E. Barvainis
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-08-15
Budget End
2015-07-31
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$442,361
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Kentucky
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Lexington
State
KY
Country
United States
Zip Code
40506