Dr. Neil Nagar
Dr. Nagar was part of the research team that managed to capture the first image in the history of a supermassive black hole, an astronomical milestone that was unveiled in 2019. Thanks to this great work, he was recognized with the Municipal Prize for Sciences 2019, in addition to the Medal of Recognition from the Chilean Senate. To this is also added the obtaining of the Breakthrough Prize and the recognition of the University of Concepción, which highlighted the contribution of the scientist to the house of studies
Neil Nagar's research focuses in matter accretion into massive black holes in galaxy nuclei (AGN). He studies the incidence of those AGNs (especially weak AGNs in nearby galaxies), their properties and evolution.
He is also interested in the evolution of accretion activity as a function of redshift, and across the merger sequence (and eventually the final state of the mergers).
His work primarily uses high resolution radio observations (from the Very Large Array and Very Long Baseline Array, both operating in USA) and optical and near-infrared imaging together with spectroscopy on several large telescopes.
Neil Nagar obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 at the University of Maryland, USA, and joined the astronomy group at the Universidad de Concepción in 2004.
He is also a member of the Anillo ACT172033 "Formation and Growth of Supermassive Black Holes".