Rob Fender

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Rob Fender

Professor of Astrophysics and Fellow, Brasenose College

I'm a Professor in the Astrophysics group at Oxford, with particular interests in the areas of accretion and feedback, and radio astronomy (although I dabble in many other areas). Previously I was Professor of Physics at The University of Southampton, and prior to that Universitair Hoofddocent at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. I also hold a position as a Visiting SKA Professor at The University of Cape Town.

My research group web page is here: 4 PI SKY

I am a Tutorial Fellow (Physics) at Brasenose college.

In Hilary term I teach the first year departmental Physics course Multivariable Integrals and Vector Calculus.

In 2016/17 I recommend using the 2015 problem sheet of Prof Golestanian. I have slightly updated my notes for HT 2018. Both the problem sheets and the course notes are available via the attachments tab on the right.

My research is focussed in two main areas:

- Black hole accretion: Over the past 15 years I have used simultaneous observations at a variety of frequencies (primarily using radio and X-ray telescopes) to understand the relation between the infall of matter (accretion) and outflow of kinetic energy (in winds and jets) around accreting black holes. Our work has set the basic phenomenological paradigm for the coupling between accretion disc, winds and jets, in stellar-mass black holes, and is currently being tested against intermediate-mass and supermassive black holes in other galaxies.

- Searches for radio transients: I am currently heavily involved in the first wide-field searches for radio transients with new and next-generation radio telescopes such as LOFAR, MeerKAT and, ultimately, the Square Kilometre Array. We were involved in the first electromagnetic detection of a gravitational wave source.

My research group web page is here: 4 PI SKY