About the Program

Feedback from accreting supermassive black holes is now a standard ingredient in galaxy formation models. It is seen as necessary for explaining the steep decline of the galaxy mass function and for establishing the black hole vs. bulge correlations. In the last few years, optical and near-IR integral field unit (IFU) observations have provided new physical insights on this important issue. While these ground-based observations are limited by the Earth’s atmosphere, they provide tantalizing hints at the coming revolution that JWST’s high-resolution, near- and mid-IR capabilities will bring to this area of research. JWST will revolutionize our understanding of black hole-galaxy co-evolution by allowing us to probe the stellar, gas, and dust components of nearby and distant galaxies, spatially and spectrally.
The JWST ERS Program "Q3D" makes use of the IFU capabilities of NIRSpec and MIRI and will study the impact of three carefully selected luminous quasars on their hosts. Our program will provide a scientific dataset of broad interest that will serve as a pathfinder for JWST science investigations in IFU mode.
Luminous quasars are also excellent test cases for the PSF decomposition and spectral analysis package that our team will provide for the community. For a wide range of extragalactic phenomena (e.g. quasars, starbursts, supernovae, gamma ray bursts, tidal disruption events) and beyond (e.g. nebulae, debris disks around bright stars), PSF contamination will be an issue when studying the underlying extended emission and our new data analysis tool that will enable frontier science for a wide swath of astrophysical research.

Team Members

PI: Dominika Wylezalek       University of Heidelberg, GER
Co-PI: Sylvain Veilleux           University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Co-PI: Nadia Zakamska       Johns Hopkins University, USA

Dave Rupke Rhodes College, USA
Ai-Lei Sun Johns Hopkins University, USA
Jorge Barrera-Ballesteros UNAM, Mexico
Nora Luetzgendorf Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA, USA
Nicole Nesvadba Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, France

Science Collaborators:

Rachael Alexandroff University of Toronto, Canada
Hsiao-Wen Chen University of Chicago, USA
Macarena Garcia Marin Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA, USA
Jenny Greene Princeton University, USA
Kevin Hainline University of Arizona, USA
Fred Hamann University of California, Riverside (USA)
Tim Heckman Johns Hopkins University, USA
Sean Johnson Princeton University, USA
Guilin Liu Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Dieter Lutz Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany
Vincenzo Mainieri European Southern Observatory, Germany
Roberto Maiolino Cambridge University, UK
Patrick Ogle Space Telescope Science Institute, USA
Eckhardt Sturm Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany


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