Welcome! My name is George Privon. I am a FONDECYT postdoctoral fellow in the Instituto de Astrofísica at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 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.
I am currently the organizer for the weekly PUC-IA galaxy evolution group.
- 24 October 2016: I have added an overview of available student projects.
- 31 August 2016: “Morphology and Molecular Gas Fractions of Local Luminous Infrared Galaxies as a Function of Infrared Luminosity and Merger Stage” and “Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy of Submillimeter Galaxies at z ≃ 2” have been published in the Astrophysical Journal.
- 30 June 2016: “Kinematically Identified Recoiling Supermassive Black Hole Candidates” has been published in the Astrophysical Journal.
- 22 June 2016: Preprints are now available for three papers I co-authored, which have recently been accepted for publication, on recoiling supermassive black hole candidates, morphology and molecular gas fractions of LIRGs, and Hα imaging of submillimeter galaxies. All three are in press at the Astrophysical Journal.
- 02 April 2016: Two papers I co-authored, on an obscured low-luminosity AGN in NGC 6286 and neutral hydrogen in compact groups of galaxies have recently been published in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal, respectively.