Peter G. Boorman

Astrophysics PhD Student

University of Southampton

I am a PhD student at the University of Southampton working with Dr Poshak Gandhi. I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2015 with a Masters in Physics. For my Master's project, I worked with Prof. Stefano Moretti trying to determine if the graviton could be indirectly detected at current and future particle colliders.

My PhD currently involves modelling the X-ray emission of a supermassive black hole, and trying to determine the geometry and other features of the toroidally shaped cloud surrounding it. These supermassive black holes that are prone to outburst are known as Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN).


A Broadband Look at Astrophysical Processes

Apply for our student-led conference in 30-31 March 2017 here!

IC 3639 - a new heavily obscured AGN

Click here to view the NASA press release on my first paper (combined with a similar study carried out by a colleague) all about unveiling two heavily obscured AGN using high-energy X-ray astronomy! (the paper can be found here).


Click here to find out more about outreach activities we do at the University of Southampton!

Journal Club

Click for this weeks' astro-ph Journal Club agenda at the University of Southampton!

AGN group

Click to see the latest tweets from the University of Southampton AGN group!

Swift/BAT Interactive plot

This is an interactive sky-map Adam Hill and I have plotted using Python and Plotly. You can toggle the different redshifts you want to filter the observed points by via the legend on the right. Every source you see here was detected in the 70 month Swift/BAT catalogue. The size of the points corresponds to the amount of hard X-ray flux detected by BAT at the position in the sky!

NuLANDS Interactive plot

This is an interactive sky-map Keel et al. (1994) sample and I have plotted using, selected based on warm IRAS colours. A subset of this sample has been selected to observe with NuSTAR, in the NuSTAR Local AGN N_H Distribution Survey (NuLANDS). This sample of ~30 AGN have been selected to be a representative sample of obscuration. The sky-map can be filtered by redshift classification.



Building 46
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton