Dr. Konrad Tristram
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 69
+49 228 / 525 - 285
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I am a research astronomer in the group of Prof. Dr. Gerd Weigelt at the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn, Germany.
My research is focussed on the investigation of active galactic nuclei using observations with high angular resolution at infrared and sub-mm wavelengths. Active galactic nuclei are the very luminous centres of galaxies which are powered by the accretion of matter onto a supermassive black hole. I am in particular interested in the properties and the physics of the molecular gas and warm dust which surround the central engine of the active nucleus, that is, the supermassive black hole and its accretion disk. This dust and gas is the reservoir for fuelling the black hole and, depending on its distribution, it may hide the central engine. For my investigations I use infrared photometry, spectroscopy and interferometry. Most of all, I used the MIDI instrument at the Very Large Telescope Interferometer, which is part of the Paranal Observatory in Chile. For more details, take a look at my research page.