Welcome to my website! If you haven’t noticed already, my name is Thomas (Tom) Harvey! I’m a student studying Astrophysics, currently in the final year of my master’s degree and soon to be embarking on a PhD. For the 4th year of my degree I am working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I study AGN feedback using Chandra and Hubble imaging and spectroscopy with Dr. W. Peter Maksym, as part of Dr. Pepi Fabbiano’s research group.
Most galaxies are thought to contain a supermassive black hole at the center, which can affect the evolution of the entire galaxy. Understanding the relationship between black holes and galaxies is crucial for our understanding of how galaxies like our own have evolved! My current research focuses on NGC 5972, which is a spectacular galaxy with large double helix shaped clouds of ionised gas, as well as a small nuclear bubble containing a massive black hole (the AGN, or Active Galactic Nuclei). I am interested in the role of the AGN, jets and outflows in creating and sustaining these features. Learn more about my research here.
From September 20222 I will underaking my PhD at the Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics (JBCA) in Manchester, UK with Prof. Christopher Conselice. I will be using the James Webb Space Telescope to look for the earliest galaxies that formed only a few hundred years after the Big Bang!
I’m from the island of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, which not many people have heard of. I’ve been very involved with the local astronomy club for many years, and much of my astronomical outreach, including articles, talks, radio and TV interviews has been through them. You can find out more about my outreach here.
I edit and write articles for La Societe Guernesiase Astronomy Section, both for the website and the newsletter. You can find them here. I am an amateur astrophotographer, so you should be able to find some pictures I’ve taken personally here. (suprisingly few astronomers can still say that!).
This website is a continual work in progress, but you should find information on my current research, previous projects, outreach and science communication, other and other random blog posts.