Welcome! My name is George Privon. I am a prize postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida. I am an astronomer and my research is focused on merger-driven transformation of galaxies across a wide range of mass. I use observations—from telescopes such as ALMA, the VLT, and the VLA—in concert with N-body simulations to understand the interplay between star formation, active galactic nuclei, feedback, and the interstellar medium in mergers. In particular, I study the molecular gas properties of extreme starbursts and the evolution of starburst and AGN activity as mergers progress.
In addition to my research, this website has some biographical information.
- 16 November 2017: A preprint is now available for a paper I contributed to. “A hidden molecular outflow in the LIRG Zw 049.057” (Falstad+) presents new ALMA, SMA, and VLA observations of a low-redshift infrared galaxy, finding evidence for a molecular outflow and peculiar properties in the OH emission. The paper has been accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
- 13 November 2017: We were awarded time for Early Release Science with the James Webb Space Telescope to study local starburst and AGN host galaxies as part of the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey. “A JWST Study of the Starburst-AGN Connection in Merging LIRGs” has been awarded 31 hours for the opening months of JWST operations.
- 11 November 2017: A new paper, “Atomic hydrogen bridge fueling NGC 4418 with gas from VV 655” (Varenius+) has been published in Astronomy & Astrophysics (preprint). In this paper we present neutral hydrogen observations of NGC 4418 and link its nuclear activity to accretion of tidal material from a lower-mass companion galaxy.