Luigi C. Gallo


Luigi C. Gallo


Saint Mary’s University

Department of Astronomy & Physics

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS

B3H 3C3


Tel: +1-902-420-5637

FAX: +1-902-496-8218

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I study the environment surrounding supermassive black holes called active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Understanding how matter falls into an AGN reveals a great deal about the conditions and geometry around it, and can even disclose properties of the black hole itself (e.g. mass and spin).

I use X-ray observations to facilitate my work. X-rays are produced in the hottest and most volatile regions nearest black holes. Primarily, the data I use come from the X-ray observatories
XMM-Newton and Suzaku.

I am also the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Astro-H Metrology System (CAMS)CAMS is a laser alignment system that will be place on the next generation, Japanese-led, X-ray observatory, Astro-H, which will be launched February 2016.

If you are considering graduate school and are interested in pursuing a project with me, feel free to
contact me.


Exploring supermassive black holes


    Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)

     Narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies

     Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies

Research Team (SMASHERS)

    Derek Blue (BSc student)

    Hannah Ehler (MSc student)

    Dennis Gallant (BSc student)

    Adam Gonzalez (PhD student)

    Angelo Hollett (BSc student)

    Shruti Tripathi (Postdoc Fellow)

    Maiti McGrath (BSc student)

    Sophia Waddell (BSc student)

Publications (ADS)

Teaching (Winter 2019)

     High-Energy Astrophysics