I study accreting supermassive black holes to measure how their activity is linked to their environment.
The main questions my work focuses on are:
How and where do supermassive black holes grow and evolve?
Is there significant interplay between their activity and their environments?
How can the rate of AGN pairs inform us of the expected gravitational wave signal?
Selected papers are listed below, to view my full publication list please see my ADS Library here
The majority of my work focuses on finding pairs of supermassive black holes, and learning more about their preferential environments and evolution through mergers. I connect the X-ray activity of merging supermassive black holes with the optical and IR properties of their host galaxies.
Gross, Chen, Foord+2023, ApJ
Chen, Xin, Foord+2023, Nature
Koss (including Foord)+2023, ApJ
Resolving X-rays around black holes
Using statistical tools, I'm interested in better understanding the X-ray emission surrounding SMBHs. This includes high-redshift quasars, lensed quasars, and AGN in nucleated galaxies.
Pacucci, Foord+2022, MNRAS
Baldassare, Stone, Foord+, 2022, ApJ
Future X-ray Missions
I am interested and involved in future astrophysics missions focused on novel and ground-breaking measurements.
I am a Co-Investigator on the future mission probe concept AXIS, and I am leading the dual AGN science case.
I am a member of the Astrophysics Working Group of the LISA Consortium, where I am connecting large-scale AGN pair statistics to better understand future LISA measurements.