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New Research Fellow at the Cluster

Dr. Andrea Merloni, previously a Postdoctoral research assistant at the “Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics”, has joined the Excellence Cluster ‘Universe’ as Research Fellow. Born and educated in Rome, Merloni received his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, UK.





Over the last five years, Merloni has established himself in the field of Black Hole Astrophysics at an international level. Mainly his pioneering works on the “fundamental plane” of black holes’ activity and on the “antihierarchical” growth of supermassive black holes have aroused interest and discussion in the scientific community worldwide.

From April 2008 on Merloni will be part of the Cluster’s research area F “Black Holes”. Within the next two years he plans to study the physical relations between the various energetic processes involving astrophysical black holes (accretion, jet launching, merging events) and their impact on the structure and appearance of their cosmological environments.

by A. Wolfelsperger-Essig

Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Exzellenzcluster Universe

Boltzmannstr. 2
D-85748 Garching

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