Rick Edelson's Astronomy Department Home Page

neptune Name: Rick Edelson
Title: Visiting Associate Research Scientist
E-mail: redelson
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Dr. Edelson studies the central engines of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), relatively compact regions that emit prodigious luminosity across the electromagnetic spectrum, often outshining the underlying galaxy itself. Because AGN are too distant to image directly, he utilizes NASA’s Swift satellite in conjunction with other telescopes to perform “reverberation mapping” of the supermassive black hole/accretion disk system.

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