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By Christopher Mark Harrison

This prize-winning Ph.D. thesis via Chris Harrison adopts a multi-faceted method of handle the shortcoming of decisive observational proof, using huge observational information units from numerous world-leading telescopes. constructing a number of novel observational concepts, Harrison proven that lively winds pushed by means of lively Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are present in loads of galaxies, with homes in contract with version predictions. one of many key unsolved difficulties in astrophysics is knowing the effect of AGN, the websites of growing to be supermassive black holes, at the evolution of galaxies. prime theoretical types are expecting that AGN force vigorous winds into galaxies, regulating the formation of stars. in spite of the fact that, before, we now have lacked the decisive observational facts to verify or refute those key predictions. cautious number of objectives allowed Harrison, to reliably position those particular observations into the context of the final galaxy inhabitants. notwithstanding, in confrontation with the version predictions, Harrison confirmed that AGN have little worldwide impact on megastar formation in galaxies. Theoretical versions are actually left with the problem of explaining those results.

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2012; Veilleux et al. 2013; Rupke and Veilleux 2013; Liu et al. 2013). , Nesvadba et al. 2006, 2007, 2008; Cano-Díaz et al. 2012), largely because this is the most practical gas phase to observe at these redshifts with current facilities. 4), the remainder of this sub-section explains the main observational techniques used to identify galaxy-wide ionised outflows and reviews the previous work that has used these methods. , emission-line widths exceeding that expected from galaxy dynamics), asymmetric and high-velocity [O iii]λ5007 emission-line profiles.

In particular a result presented in Nature claimed evidence of SFR suppression, in apparent contradiction with most earlier work. The work in this chapter presents the reasons for these contradictory results and therefore provides a clearer picture of the average SFRs of luminous AGN. Chapter 7: This chapter provides an overall summary of the work presented in this thesis along with the outstanding questions that are yet to be fully answered. Chapter 8: This chapters gives an overview of the observational and theoretical projects that have either started, or that are planned, to address some of the outstanding questions.

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