Benjamin Lee Davis, Ph.D.

2016-2020 Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 
 2020- Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics New York University Abu Dhabi 
Structure & Dynamics of Galaxies, Black Hole Mass Scaling Relations, Galaxy Evolution
"Benjamin Davis - NYU Abu Dhabi"

I work at the Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics (CAP3) at New York University Abu Dhabi, where I am a CAP3 Fellow, Research Associate. My research involves studying the structure of spiral galaxies. To do this, I examine the geometry of spiral arms using a suite of custom software I helped design. I also perform multi-component decompositional analysis of the galaxies to separate them into their constituent components (i.e., bulge, disk, bar, spiral arms, nucleus, etc.). With this detailed knowledge of the galaxy composition and geometry, I can then construct accurate black hole mass scaling relations that can be used to predict the mass of the central massive black hole in galaxies. By conducting a census of black hole demography in galaxies, future studies can better understand the intimate relationship between central black holes and their host galaxies and garner information about their coevolution.


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Julia Dusk Kennefick grad student 2008-2015 University of Arkansas
 (Ph.D. Advisor)
Daniel Kennefick grad student 2008-2015 University of Arkansas (Physics Tree)
 (Ph.D. Committee Member)