Here is a compilation of resources we use in our research and recommend for beginning researchers.
IPAC Level 5: General knowledge-base for extragalactic astronomy
What Drives the Growth of Black Holes?: Review article by David Alexander and Ryan Hickox on black hole accretion, feedback, and evolution
Supermassive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei: Past, Present, and Future Research: Review article by Laura Ferrarese and Holland Ford about observational studies of supermassive black holes
Astrophysics of Gaseous Nebulae and Active Galactic Nuclei: Advanced undergraduate to graduate-level textbook by Donald Osterbrock and Gary Ferland discussing emission and properties of nebulae and AGN.
Active Galactic Nuclei: Review textbook by Bradley Peterson on observational studies of AGN.
Active Galactic Nuclei: Comprehensive textbook by Julian Krolik on AGN.
Cloudy: A photoionization modeling code used in our theoretical work to simulate emission from gas around an accreting black hole
Saas-Fee School on Black Hole Formation and Growth: This winter school from 2018 discusses the theory behind the formation of black holes at high redshifts, and their growth through mergers and accretion processes. Slides from this class are available at their website.
Hubble Space Telescope: Space-based mission for infrared, optical, and ultraviolet spectroscopy and imaging
James Webb Space Telescope: Upcoming (2021) space-based mission for near-infrared and mid-infrared (1-30 µm) spectroscopy and imaging
W.M. Keck Observatory: Ground-based from Mauna Kea, Hawaii for infrared and optical spectroscopy and imaging
Gemini Observatory: Ground-based from Mauna Kea, Hawaii for infrared and optical spectroscopy and imaging
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory: Ground-based from Emerald Peak, Arizona for infrared and optical spectroscopy and imaging
Chandra: Space-based X-ray (~0.8 – 10 keV) observatory
XMM-Newton: Space-based X-ray (0.15 – 12 keV) observatory
NuSTAR: Space-based X-ray (3 – 79 keV) observatory
ALMA: Radio (31 – 950 GHz) array in the Atacama Desert, Chile
VLA: Radio (74 – 50,000 MHz) array in the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico
VLBA: Radio (312 MHz – 96 GHz) array controlled remotely from Soccoro, New Mexico, with antennas in Hawaii, California, Washington, Iowa, New Hampshire, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and the Virgin Islands
Keck Guidestar Catalog: Tool to find suitable guidestars for AO observations for Keck instruments (OSIRIS, NIIRC2, NIIRSPAO)
Gemini Telluric Standards Catalog: Tool to find telluric standards for NIR spectroscopy.
Keck Air Mass Calculator and Observation Planner: Tool to check visibility and airmass for observations at Keck on Mauna Kea
Current Research in the Field
Elusive AGN Conference: This conference was hosted by our research group at GMU in June 2017 and discussed the various ways AGN can be “hidden” by standard diagnostics. Videos and slides of the talks can be found on the website.
Hidden Monsters – Obscured AGN and Connections to Galaxy Evolution: This conference was hosted at Dartmouth College in August 2016 to discuss heavily obscured AGN and their relationship with the host galaxy.
SAO/ADS and astro-ph: Online journal article databases
Astrobytes: The “reader’s digest” version of astro-ph
Publishing and Presenting Your Research
Working With Data
NIST Atomic Spectra Lines / Ionization Energies: Online reference tool used to find emission lines within a given wavelength range, or to determine the ionization energy of a given ion
The AGN Black Hole Mass Database: Compilation of all known black hole masses calculated using reverberation mapping
Astrobetter: Blog providing tips for professional astronomers and students