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José Afonso


Biographic Notes
José Afonso is a researcher at IA and at the Physics Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He was awarded a first degree in Physics (1996) and a MSc in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1998) by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and a PhD in Astrophysics (2002) by the University of London - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. He/She is a member of IA since 2014.

Current research interests focus on observational studies on galaxy formation and evolution from the highest redshifts. The research makes use of some of the deepest astronomical surveys available to try to understand the evolution of the star-formation and Active Galactic Nuclei phenomena in galaxies, along with the formation of (proto-)clusters and large scale structure. A particular emphasis exists on the development of the next generation of radio surveys (e.g., The Evolutionary Map of the Universe - EMU, that will use the upcoming ASKAP telescope).

He is the current Coordinator of IA, is the Co-Principal Investigator for MOONS, a Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph for ESO’s VLT, under construction (first light planned for 2021), and represents Portugal in the Wide Field Imager Consortium Board for ESA’s mission Athena (launch planned for 2032). He is also a Core member of the Square Kilometre Array Science Working Group: Continuum Science Team, and is the representative of the Portuguese ALMA Centre of Expertise in the European ALMA Regional Centre.

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Lastest publications at IA (or with IA Researchers)J. Prathap, A. M. Hopkins, A. S. G. Robotham, S. Bellstedt, J. Afonso, U. T. Ahmed, M. Bilicki, M. N. Bremer, S. Brough, M. J. I. Brown, 2024,
EMU/GAMA: A technique for detecting active galactic nuclei in low mass systems,
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 41, 16
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R. Carvajal, I. Matute, J. Afonso, R. P. Norris, K. J. Luken, P. Sánchez-Sáez, P. A. C. Cunha, A. Humphrey, H. Messias, S. Amarantidis et al. (including: H. Miranda, A. Paulino-Afonso, C. Pappalardo), 2023,
Selection of powerful radio galaxies with machine learning,
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 679, 24
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S. Amarantidis, J. Afonso, I. Matute, D. Farrah, A. M. Hopkins, H. Messias, C. Pappalardo, N. Seymour, 2023,
Tracing obscured galaxy build-up at high redshift using deep radio surveys,
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 678, 16
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C. L. Hale, I. H. Whittam, M. Jarvis, P. Best, N. L. Thomas, I. Heywood, M. Prescott, N. Adams, J. Afonso, F. An, 2023,
MIGHTEE: deep 1.4 GHz source counts and the sky temperature contribution of star-forming galaxies and active galactic nuclei,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 520, 2668 - 2691
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D. Farrah, K. Croker, M. Zevin, G. Tarle, V. Faraoni, S. M. Petty, J. Afonso, N. Fernandez, K. A. Nishimura, C. Pearson, 2023,
Observational Evidence for Cosmological Coupling of Black Holes and its Implications for an Astrophysical Source of Dark Energy,
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 944
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D. Farrah, S. M. Petty, K. Croker, G. Tarle, M. Zevin, E. Hatziminaoglou, F. Shankar, L. Wang, D. L. Clements, A. Efstathiou et al. (including: J. Afonso), 2023,
A Preferential Growth Channel for Supermassive Black Holes in Elliptical Galaxies at z ≲ 2,
The Astrophysical Journal, 943, 17
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José Afonso
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia