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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.

Latest News

  • 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.