Beatriz Mingo studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), where she completed her BsC and MsC in 2009. Between 2007 and 2009 she participated in the Undergraduate Trainee program at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC, Spain), where she studied quasar spectra using data from XMM-Newton's RGS instrument. Beatriz then moved to the UK to start a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire with Prof. Martin Hardcastle, where she further specialised in core and extended emission from radio-loud AGN. After completing her PhD in 2013, she moved to the University of Leicester, to work in the ARCHES (EU FP7) project, where she designed and led the main science case on multiwavelength AGN studies, and contributed to the cross-correlation tool and multi-wavelength catalogue development and testing. In 2016 she became part of the Swift team, carrying out calibration duties for the XRT instrument. Beatriz is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Open University and part of the LOFAR collaboration, carrying out work on the properties, environments, and evolution of radio-loud AGN using data from the LOFAR surveys.
My research interests focus mainly on radio-loud AGN. I currently work both with large samples and individual objects, in which I use LOFAR and VLA radio data, along with multiwavelength data from mid-IR, optical, and X-ray surveys, to derive the properties of the sources, the relationship of the AGN with their host galaxies, and the underlying physical mechanisms across different AGN populations. I am particularly interested in understanding the life cycles of AGN, the relationship between their kinetic (jet) and radiative (luminosity) output, and how they differ from X-ray binaries, especially in low-power scenarios.
My latest work with the LOFAR LoTSS survey provides a window into the challenges we will face with deep, wide-area radio surveys. As we start detecting fainter populations and longer activity cycles, radio luminosity alone is no longer a good proxy for radio AGN morphology: the host-galaxy and large-scale environmental properties become key to understanding the evolution of the jets and where their energy is deposited.
I am part of the Athena science working group on feedback in local AGN and star forming galaxies, and the Lynx science working group on evolution of structure and AGN populations. I have participated on several white papers for future X-ray surveys (XIPE, Lynx, and two mission concepts for ESA's Voyage 2050 call). I am also part of the LOFAR Surveys Key Science Project, the WEAVE-LOFAR collaboration, and a member of the ES2-COSMOS and S2LXS JCMT legacy surveys.
I have carried out a variety of teaching and marking tasks on mathematics and physics throughout my different roles. At the OU I have provided some support on the SM 123 and SXP 390 modules, and in 2019/20 I will be the ARROW radio telescope project lead for the SXPS 288 module.
My main collaborator at the Open University is Dr Judith Croston. Some of my other close collaborators are Judith Ineson (University of Southampton), Martin Hardcastle, Jeremy Harwood, and Vijay Mahatma (University of Hertfordshire), Raffaella Morganti and Nika Jurlin (ASTRON), Marisa Brienza (INAF), Mike Watson, Simon Rosen, Andrew Blain, Rhaana Starling, and the Swift team (University of Leicester), Silvia Mateos and Francisco Carrera (Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria), Francois-Xavier Pineau (Universite de Strasbourg), Ralph Kraft (CfA), Dan Dicken (CEA-Saclay), and Clive Tadhunter (University of Sheffield).
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01/Oct/2018||30/Sep/2022||STFC Science & Technology Facilities Council|
STFC Open 2018 DTP
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