Using Python to look at Active Galactic Nuclei

Photo of Darcey

By Darcey Rodger

The summer after finishing my 3rd year I wanted an insight into research in a professional environment, and decided the summer programmes at the school would be a good first step. I read the profile for Dr Kenneth Duncan’s proposed project ‘Analysing the Rest-Frame Optical Spectra of Radio Detected Active Galactic Nuclei’, and it sounded really interesting, so I applied and was one of three students working with him for 6 weeks in the summer.

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A Sense of Purpose

Photo of the Royal Observatory at the Institute for Astronomy

By Jordan Kupfer

For a long time, it had been a dream of mine to work in research in astrophysics. As cliché as it sounds, it’s the truth. I had tried many different things throughout high school and uni, but the one thing I never had the chance to take a crack at was participating in a proper research project. Of course, this makes sense— there aren’t exactly many places or opportunities to work with data from an observatory, let alone for a third-year undergraduate. But I was lucky enough to be afforded an opportunity to do just that in the summer of 2021. And shockingly enough, all I had to do was reach out to my TA.

            I ended up with a summer student project at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh through the Institute for Astronomy.

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Cosmic forest photography

Photo of a pine forest

By Andrew Barlow

In my third year of my MPhys degree I was considering a career in research. Although, I first wanted to gain experience in a research setting as I previously had none. So, I applied for a summer project organised by the School of Physics and Astronomy.


I was accepted to take part in a project titled:

„Super-resolution emulation beyond the standard cosmology”

– a mouthful of a title that I knew very little about.


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