Andy Lawrence

Photo of Professor A Lawrence, FRSE, FRaS
Professor A Lawrence, FRSE, FRaS

Professor A Lawrence, FRSE, FRaS

Position
Professor
Category
Academic staff
Location
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (ROE)
Room U13

Andy is a member of the following School research institute:

Research interests

My main specialisation is the study of active galactic nuclei and quasars, and especially the clues from their variability and their spectral energy distributions. I have also worked on other extragalactic topics such as starburst galaxies and the measurement of large scale structure. I have often used very large scale surveys, and most recently was the PI of UKIDSS, and have been using PanSTARRS to look for extreme transients. My interest in large scale surveys also led me to work on the concept of the Virtual Observatory.

I have taught at all levels from large first year general courses (eg Discovering Astronomy, Physics 1A) through Junior Honours (eg Astrophysics 3)  to BSc Honour Courses (eg Astronomical Statistics and Measurement). I have recently published a textbook on Astronomical Measurement. I am keen on innovative teaching techniques, and am currently developing an Astronomy Technology based MOOC with Coursera.

Black hole flares

In this video Andy describes his research which looks for dormant black holes in the centres of galaxies that temporarily flare back into life when a star passes close by and gets shredded.

Recent publications

  1. , , , , , , , , , et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  2. , , , , , , , , , et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 1, p. 296-331
  3. , , , , , , , , , et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 457, 1, p. 389-404
  4. , , , , , , and , Astrophysical Journal Letters, 815, 1