Our research group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College explores the origin and physical processes of supermassive black holes and other compact objects, and the cosmic evolution of black holes and galaxies.

group news

  • 6 March 2021: Graduate students Chris Carroll and Wei Yan have accepted postdoctoral positions with leading research groups at Washington State and Penn State, respectively. Looking forward to the next stage of your scientific careers!
  • 11 Dec 2020: This week members of our group took part in the virtual conference on Supermassive Black Holes organized by a number of our colleagues in Chile. It was a very engaging and scientifically productive meeting.
  • 8 Dec 2020: Graduate student Chris Carroll‘s paper on the discovery of a large population of heavily obscured AGN has been accepted to the Astrophysical Journal. Congratulations!
  • 16 March 2020: As of today, our group will be working from home as Dartmouth transitions to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our group will continue to actively pursue research over video conferencing and online collaboration tools. Best wishes to all as we face this enormous global challenge.
  • 3 March 2020: Graduate student McKinley Brumback has accepted a postdoctoral position with the science team of the NuSTAR X-ray observatory at Caltech, starting this fall. Congratulations!

    For more group news see the news archive.

research group and opportunities

I am an observational astrophysicist, with interests in active galactic nuclei, galaxy evolution, large-scale structure of the Universe, the cosmic X-ray background, and X-ray binary stars. My work uses data from the ChandraXMM-NewtonHubbleSpitzerHerschel, and WISE space telescopes as well as ground-based optical, infrared, and radio observations.

I joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College in December 2011. My research is generously funded by the NSFNASA, and previously by an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. My full CV is here. I am looking for interested and motivated students to take part in an exciting research program.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dartmouth College
6127 Wilder Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755
+1 (603) 646-2962
ryan.c.hickox@dartmouth.edu
Images courtesy NASA
Last updated 6 March 2021

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