Matt Nicholl


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Explosive astrophysics from time-domain surveys:

Every second, somewhere in the Universe a star explodes and briefly outshines an entire galaxy. With increasingly powerful sky surveys, we are finding more and more supernovae and other bright transient phenomena in real time, and discovering an extremely diverse zoo of observational properties. The goals of time-domain astronomy are to characterise how and why stars end their lives in such different ways in order to understand stellar evolution, the physics of neutron stars and black holes, and the creation of the chemical elements.

I am looking for students interested in ultra-bright supernovae, disruptions of stars by supermassive black holes, and/or searching for the electromagnetic signals of neutron star mergers detected through gravitational waves.


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Time-domain astrophysics, multimessenger astronomy, superluminous supernovae, electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational waves, tidal disruption events, fast radio bursts, time-domain surveys, optical and near-infrared observations, spectroscopy, light curve modelling, transient host galaxies


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  • A long life of excess: the interacting transient SN 2017hcc

    Moran, S., Fraser, M., Kotak, R., Pastorello, A., Benetti, S., Brennan, S. J., Gutiérrez, C. P., Kankare, E., Kuncarayakti, H., Mattila, S., Reynolds, T. M., Anderson, J. P., Brown, P. J., Campana, S., Chambers, K. C., Chen, T. -W., Della Valle, M., Dennefeld, M., Elias-Rosa, N., Galbany, L., & 12 othersGalindo-Guil, F. J., Gromadzki, M., Hiramatsu, D., Inserra, C., Leloudas, G., Müller-Bravo, T. E., Nicholl, M., Reguitti, A., Shahbandeh, M., Smartt, S. J., Tartaglia, L. & Young, D. R., 5 Jan 2023, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 669, January 2023, 22 p., A51.

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  • The birth of a relativistic jet following the disruption of a star by a cosmological black hole

    Pasham, D. R., Lucchini, M., Laskar, T., Gompertz, B. P., Srivastav, S., Nicholl, M., Smartt, S. J., Miller-Jones, J. C. A., Alexander, K. D., Fender, R., Smith, G. P., Fulton, M., Dewangan, G., Gendreau, K., Coughlin, E. R., Rhodes, L., Horesh, A., van Velzen, S., Sfaradi, I., Guolo, M., & 46 othersCastro Segura, N., Aamer, A., Anderson, J. P., Arcavi, I., Brennan, S. J., Chambers, K., Charalampopoulos, P., Chen, T. W., Clocchiatti, A., de Boer, T., Dennefeld, M., Ferrara, E., Galbany, L., Gao, H., Gillanders, J. H., Goodwin, A., Gromadzki, M., Huber, M., Jonker, P. G., Joshi, M., Kara, E., Killestein, T. L., Kosec, P., Kocevski, D., Leloudas, G., Lin, C. C., Margutti, R., Mattila, S., Moore, T., Müller-Bravo, T., Ngeow, C. C., Oates, S., Onori, F., Pan, Y. C., Perez-Torres, M., Rani, P., Remillard, R., Ridley, E. J., Schulze, S., Sheng, X., Shingles, L., Smith, K. W., Steiner, J. F., Wainscoat, R., Wevers, T. & Yang, S., Jan 2023, In: Nature Astronomy. 7, 1, p. 88-104 17 p.

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  • The case for a minute-long merger-driven gamma-ray burst from fast-cooling synchrotron emission

    Gompertz, B. P., Ravasio, M. E., Nicholl, M., Levan, A. J., Metzger, B. D., Oates, S. R., Lamb, G. P., Fong, W. F., Malesani, D. B., Rastinejad, J. C., Tanvir, N. R., Evans, P. A., Jonker, P. G., Page, K. L. & Pe’er, A., Jan 2023, In: Nature Astronomy. 7, 1, p. 67-79 13 p.

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  • A detailed spectroscopic study of tidal disruption events

    Charalampopoulos, P., Leloudas, G., Malesani, D. B., Wevers, T., Arcavi, I., Nicholl, M., Pursiainen, M., Lawrence, A., Anderson, J. P., Benetti, S., Cannizzaro, G., Chen, T-W., Galbany, L., Gromadzki, M., Gutiérrez, C. P., Inserra, C., Jonker, P. G., Müller-Bravo, T. E., Onori, F., Short, P., & 2 othersSollerman, J. & Young, D. R., 1 Mar 2022, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 659, 30 p., A34.

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  • A kilonova following a long-duration gamma-ray burst at 350 Mpc

    Rastinejad, J. C., Gompertz, B. P., Levan, A. J., Fong, W. F., Nicholl, M., Lamb, G. P., Malesani, D. B., Nugent, A. E., Oates, S. R., Tanvir, N. R., de Ugarte Postigo, A., Kilpatrick, C. D., Moore, C. J., Metzger, B. D., Ravasio, M. E., Rossi, A., Schroeder, G., Jencson, J., Sand, D. J., Smith, N., & 15 othersFernández, J. F. A., Berger, E., Blanchard, P. K., Chornock, R., Cobb, B. E., De Pasquale, M., Fynbo, J. P. U., Izzo, L., Kann, D. A., Laskar, T., Marini, E., Paterson, K., Escorial, A. R., Sears, H. M. & Thöne, C. C., 8 Dec 2022, In: Nature. 612, 7939, p. 223-227 5 p.

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