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Dr Beatriz Mingo Fernandez

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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 research fellow 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.

Research interests

My research interests focus mainly on radio-loud active galactic nuclei (AGN). I currently work mostly LOFAR and VLA radio observations of these extragalactic objects, 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 their underlying physics. Having access to large statistical samples allows me to analyse how these parameters change and evolve 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 recent work with the LOFAR LoTSS survey provides a window into the challenges we will face with deep, wide-area radio surveys, and it has been selected as one of the 10 scientific highlights for the tenth anniversary of LOFAR. 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 SKA extragalactic continuum science working group, 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.

Please see ADS for my full list of publications.

    Teaching interests

    I have carried out a variety of teaching, marking, and support tasks on mathematics and physics throughout my different roles. At the OU I am currently an associate lecturer on the SM 123 module (Physics and Space), in which I tutor a group of 20 students. I have provided some support on the SM 123 (Physics and Space) and SXP 390 (Radiation and Matter) modules. I am also the ARROW radio telescope project lead for the SXPS 288 module (Remote Experiments in Physics and Space).

    I am currently co-supervising two OU astronomy PhD students, Bonny Barkus and Brendan Webster.

    Impact and engagement

    I am a regular participant in public engagement events. Most recently I have carried out a series of talks with Spanish schoolchildren as part of the Talk to Them: Women in Astronomy initiative to promote the visibility of female astronomers, led by Dr Nayra Rodriguez at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC). I have also recently participated in one of the "Ask the Expert" engagement sessions aimed at the general public.

    External collaborations

    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 and Jeremy Harwood (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), and Ralph Kraft (CfA).

    Externally funded projects

    STFC Open 2018 DTP
    RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
    Co-investigator01 Oct 201830 Sep 2022STFC Science & Technology Facilities Council

    STFC Open 2018 DTP


    Clusters’ far-reaching influence on narrow-angle tail radio galaxies (2021-09)
    de Vos, K.; Hatch, N. A.; Merrifield, M. R. and Mingo, B.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 506(1) (L55-L58)

    The LOFAR LBA Sky Survey (2021-04)
    de Gasperin, F.; Williams, W. L.; Best, P.; Brüggen, M.; Brunetti, G.; Cuciti, V.; Dijkema, T. J.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Norden, M. J.; Offringa, A.; Shimwell, T.; van Weeren, R.; Bomans, D.; Bonafede, A.; Botteon, A.; Callingham, J. R.; Cassano, R.; Chyży, K. T.; Emig, K. L.; Edler, H.; Haverkorn, M.; Heald, G.; Heesen, V.; Iacobelli, M.; Intema, H. T.; Kadler, M.; Małek, K.; Mevius, M.; Miley, G.; Mingo, B.; Morabito, L. K.; Sabater, J.; Morganti, R.; Orrú, E.; Pizzo, R.; Prandoni, I.; Shulevski, A.; Tasse, C.; Vaccari, M.; Zarka, P. and Röttgering, H.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 648, Article A104

    A population of galaxy-scale jets discovered using LOFAR (2021-02)
    Webster, B; Croston, J H; Mingo, B; Baldi, R D; Barkus, B; Gürkan, G; Hardcastle, M J; Morganti, R; Röttgering, H J A; Sabater, J; Shimwell, T W; Tasse, C and White, G J
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 500(4) (pp. 4921-4936)

    Unveiling the rarest morphologies of the LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey radio source population with self-organised maps (2021-01)
    Mostert, Rafaël I. J.; Duncan, Kenneth J.; Röttgering, Huub J. A.; Polsterer, Kai L.; Best, Philip N.; Brienza, Marisa; Brüggen, Marcus; Hardcastle, Martin J.; Jurlin, Nika; Mingo, Beatriz; Morganti, Raffaella; Shimwell, Tim; Smith, Dan and Williams, Wendy L.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 645, Article A89

    The best of both worlds: Combining LOFAR and Apertif to derive resolved radio spectral index images (2021)
    Morganti, R.; Oosterloo, T. A.; Brienza, M.; Jurlin, N.; Prandoni, I.; Orrù, E.; Shabala, S. S.; Adams, E. A. K.; Adebahr, B.; Best, P. N.; Coolen, A. H. W. M.; Damstra, S.; de Blok, W. J. G.; de Gasperin, F.; Dénes, H.; Hardcastle, M.; Hess, K. M.; Hut, B.; Kondapally, R.; Kutkin, A. M.; Loose, G. M.; Lucero, D. M.; Maan, Y.; Maccagni, F. M.; Mingo, B.; Moss, V. A.; Mostert, R. I. J.; Norden, M. J.; Oostrum, L. C.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Ruiter, M.; Shimwell, T. W.; Schulz, R.; Vermaas, N. J.; Vohl, D.; van der Hulst, J. M.; van Diepen, G. M.; van Leeuwen, J. and Ziemke, J.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 648 (A9)

    The LOFAR Two-meter Sky Survey: Deep Fields Data Release 1 (2021)
    Kondapally, R.; Best, P. N.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Nisbet, D.; Bonato, M.; Sabater, J.; Duncan, K. J.; McCheyne, I.; Cochrane, R. K.; Bowler, R. A. A.; Williams, W. L.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; Croston, J. H.; Goyal, A.; Jamrozy, M.; Jarvis, M. J.; Mahatma, V. H.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Smith, D. J. B.; Wołowska, A.; Bondi, M.; Brienza, M.; Brown, M. J. I.; Brüggen, M.; Chambers, K.; Garrett, M. A.; Gürkan, G.; Huber, M.; Kunert-Bajraszewska, M.; Magnier, E.; Mingo, B.; Mostert, R.; Nikiel-Wroczyński, B.; O’Sullivan, S. P.; Paladino, R.; Ploeckinger, T.; Prandoni, I.; Rosenthal, M. J.; Schwarz, D. J.; Shulevski, A.; Wagenveld, J. D. and Wang, L.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 648 (A3)

    Voyage through the hidden physics of the cosmic web (2021)
    Simionescu, Aurora; Ettori, Stefano; Werner, Norbert; Nagai, Daisuke; Vazza, Franco; Akamatsu, Hiroki; Pinto, Ciro; de Plaa, Jelle; Wijers, Nastasha; Nelson, Dylan; Pointecouteau, Etienne; Pratt, Gabriel W.; Spiga, Daniele; Vacanti, Giuseppe; Lau, Erwin; Rossetti, Mariachiara; Gastaldello, Fabio; Biffi, Veronica; Bulbul, Esra; Collon, Maximilien J.; Herder, Jan-Willem den; Eckert, Dominique; Fraternali, Filippo; Mingo, Beatriz; Pareschi, Giovanni; Pezzulli, Gabriele; Reiprich, Thomas H.; Schaye, Joop; Walker, Stephen A. and Werk, Jessica
    Experimental Astronomy ((Early Access))

    The high energy Universe at ultra-high resolution: the power and promise of X-ray interferometry (2021)
    Uttley, Phil; Hartog, Roland den; Bambi, Cosimo; Barret, Didier; Bianchi, Stefano; Bursa, Michal; Cappi, Massimo; Casella, Piergiorgio; Cash, Webster; Costantini, Elisa; Dauser, Thomas; Trigo, Maria Diaz; Gendreau, Keith; Grinberg, Victoria; Herder, Jan-Willem den; Ingram, Adam; Kara, Erin; Markoff, Sera; Mingo, Beatriz; Panessa, Francesca; Poppenhäger, Katja; Różańska, Agata; Svoboda, Jiri; Wijers, Ralph; Willingale, Richard; Wilms, Jörn and Wise, Michael
    Experimental Astronomy ((Early Access))

    The life cycle of radio galaxies in the LOFAR Lockman Hole field (2020-06)
    Jurlin, N.; Morganti, R.; Brienza, M.; Mandal, S.; Maddox, N.; Duncan, K. J.; Shabala, S. S.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Prandoni, I.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Mahatma, V.; Best, P. N.; Mingo, Beatriz; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. W. and Tasse, C.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 638, Article A34

    Revisiting the Fanaroff-Riley dichotomy and radio-galaxy morphology with the LOFAR Two-Metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) (2019-09)
    Mingo, B.; Croston, J. H.; Hardcastle, M J; Best, P N; Duncan, K J; Morganti, R; Rottgering, H J A; Sabater, J; Shimwell, T W; Williams, W L; Brienza, M; Gurkan, G; Mahatma, V H; Morabito, L K; Prandoni, I; Bondi, M; Ineson, J and Mooney, S
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 488(2) (pp. 2701-2721)

    Morphological classification of radio galaxies: Capsule Networks versus Convolutional Neural Networks (2019-08-01)
    Lukic, V.; Brüggen, M.; Mingo, B.; Croston, J.H.; Kasieczka, G. and Best, P.N.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 487(2) (pp. 1729-1744)

    The LoTSS view of radio AGN in the local Universe. The most massive galaxies are always switched on (2019-02-19)
    Sabater, J.; Best, P. N.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; Williams, W. L.; Brüggen, M.; Cochrane, R. K.; Croston, J. H.; de Gasperin, F.; Duncan, K. J.; Gürkan, G.; Mechev, A. P.; Morabito, L. K.; Prandoni, I.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Smith, D. J. B.; Harwood, J. J.; Mingo, B.; Mooney, S. and Saxena, A.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, Article A17

    LoTSS DR1: Double-double radio galaxies in the HETDEX field (2019-02)
    Mahatma, V. H.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Williams, W. L.; Best, P. N.; Croston, J. H.; Duncan, K.; Mingo, B.; Morganti, R.; Brienza, M.; Cochrane, R. K.; Gürkan, G.; Harwood, J. J.; Jarvis, M. J.; Jamrozy, M.; Jurlin, N.; Morabito, L. K.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. W.; Smith, D. J. B.; Shulevski, A. and Tasse, C.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, Article A13

    The environments of radio-loud AGN from the LOFAR Two-Metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) (2019-02)
    Croston, J.H.; Hardcastle, M.J.; Mingo, B.; Best, P.N.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T.M.; Williams, W.L.; Rottgering, H.J.A.; Brienza, M.; Gurkan, G.; Ineson, J.; Miley, G.K.; Morabito, L.M.; O'Sullivan, S.P. and Prandoni, I.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, Article A10

    Radio-loud AGN in the first LoTSS data release: The lifetimes and environmental impact of jet-driven sources (2019-02)
    Hardcastle, M. J.; Williams, W. L.; Best, P. N.; Croston, J. H.; Duncan, K. J.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. M.; Tasse, C.; Callingham, J. R.; Cochrane, R. K.; de Gasperin, F.; Gürkan, G.; Jarvis, M. J.; Mahatma, V.; Miley, G. K.; Mingo, B.; Mooney, S.; Morabito, L. K.; O'Sullivan, S. P.; Prandoni, I.; Shulevski, A. and Smith, D. J. B.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, Article A12

    LoTSS/HETDEX: Optical quasars - I. Low-frequency radio properties of optically selected quasars (2019-02)
    Gürkan, Gülay; Hardcastle, M. J.; Best, P. N.; Morabito, L. K.; Prandoni, I.; Jarvis, M. J.; Duncan, K. J.; Calistro Rivera, G.; Callingham, J. R.; Cochrane, R. K.; Croston, J. H.; Heald, G.; Mingo, B.; Mooney, S.; Sabater, J.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Shimwell, T. W.; Smith, D. J. B.; Tasse, C. and Williams, W. L.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, Article A11

    The LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey - IV. First Data Release: Photometric redshifts and rest-frame magnitudes (2019-02)
    Duncan, K.; Sabater, J.; Rottgering, H.; Jarvis, M.; Smith, D.J.B.; Best, P.N.; Callingham, J.R.; Cochrane, R.; Croston, J.H.; Mingo, B.; Morabito, L.; Nisbet, D.; Prandoni, I.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; White, G. J.; Williams, W. L.; Alegre, L.; Chyży, K. T.; Gürkan, G.; Hoeft, M.; Kondapally, R.; Mechev, A. P.; Miley, G. K.; Schwarz, D. J. and van Weeren, R. J.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 622, Article A3

    An X-ray survey of the 2Jy sample. II: X-ray emission from extended structures (2017-09-21)
    Mingo, Beatriz; Hardcastle, M. J.; Ineson, J.; Mahatma, V.; Croston, J. H.; Dicken, D.; Evans, D. A.; Morganti, R. and Tadhunter, C.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470(3) (pp. 2762-2779)

    A new method for finding and characterizing galaxy groups via low-frequency radio surveys (2017-09-11)
    Croston, J.H.; Ineson, J.; Hardcastle, M. J. and Mingo, B.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470(2) (pp. 1943-1949)

    Characterization of AGN from the XMM–Newton Slew Survey (2017-06)
    Starling, R. L. C.; Wildy, C.; Wiersema, K.; Mateos, S.; Saxton, R. D.; Read, A. M. and Mingo, B.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 468(1) (pp. 378-388)

    A representative survey of the dynamics and energetics of FRII radio galaxies (2017-05-21)
    Ineson, J.; Croston, J. H.; Hardcastle, M. J. and Mingo, B.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 467(2) (pp. 1586-1607)

    Probabilistic multi-catalogue positional cross-match (2017-01)
    Pineau, F.-X.; Derriere, S.; Motch, C.; Carrera, F. J.; Genova, F.; Michel, L.; Mingo, B.; Mints, A.; Nebot Gómez-Morán, A.; Rosen, S. R. and Ruiz Camuñas, A.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 597, Article A89

    The MIXR sample: AGN activity versus star formation across the cross-correlation of WISE, 3XMM, and FIRST/NVSS (2016-11-01)
    Mingo, B.; Watson, M. G.; Rosen, S. R.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Ruiz, A.; Blain, A.; Carrera, F. J.; Mateos, S.; Pineau, F.-X. and Stewart, G. C.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 462(3) (pp. 2631-2667)

    Swift follow-up of the Gravitational Wave source GW150914 (2016-07-21)
    Evans, P.A.; Kennea, J.A.; Barthelmy, S.D.; Beardmore, A.P.; Burrows, D. N.; Campana, S.; Cenko, S.B.; Gehrels, N.; Giommi, P.; Gronwall, C.; Marshall, F. E.; Malesani, D.; Markwardt, C.B.; Mingo, B.; Nousek, J. A.; O'Brien, P. T.; Osborne, J. P.; Pagani, C.; Page, K.L.; Palmer, D.M.; Perri, M.; Racusin, J. L.; Siegel, M.H.; Sbarufatti, B. and Tagliaferri, G.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 460 (pp. 40-44)

    SPITZER Mid-IR Spectroscopy of Powerful 2Jy and 3CRR Radio Galaxies. II. AGN Power Indicators and Unification (2014-06-20)
    Dicken, D.; Tadhunter, C.; Morganti, R.; Axon, D.; Robinson, A.; Magagnoli, M.; Kharb, P.; Ramos Almeida, C.; Mingo, B.; Hardcastle, M.; Nesvadba, N. P. H.; Singh, V.; Kouwenhoven, M. B. N.; Rose, M.; Spoon, H.; Inskip, K. J. and Holt, J.
    The Astrophysical Journal, 788, Article 98(2)

    An X-ray survey of the 2 Jy sample – I. Is there an accretion mode dichotomy in radio-loud AGN? (2014-05-01)
    Mingo, B.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Croston, J. H.; Dicken, D.; Evans, D. A.; Morganti, R. and Tadhunter, C.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 440(1) (pp. 269-297)

    Clear detection of dusty torus signatures in a weak-line radio galaxy: the case of PKS 0043−42 (2011-06-01)
    Ramos Almeida, C.; Dicken, D.; Tadhunter, C.; Asensio Ramos, A.; Inskip, K. J.; Hardcastle, M. J. and Mingo, B.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 413(4) (pp. 2358-2364)