Christian H. Hannah
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah. I work with Dr. Anil Seth on observational astrophysics research involving the dense nuclei of nearby galaxies and the massive black holes (MBHs) existing within them (with a focus on galaxy evolution and black hole formation/growth).
My current research involves utilizing tidal disruption events (which occur when a star passes close enough to an MBH to be shredded apart by tidal forces) to measure black hole demographics in low-mass galaxies and place constraints on the growth mechanism behind the most massive black holes observed today.
In general, my research interests include: