Dr Michael Goad

Associate Professor


Graduated 1988 BSc 1st class honours (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne). 1989-1994 PhD University College London, 1995 HSO Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 1995-1998 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, April-Nov 1998 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of St. Andrews. 1998-2001 PPARC postdoctoral fellow University of Leicester, 2001-2004 Temporary Lecturer University of Southampton, 2004-2006 Swift Data Centre Scientist University of Leicester, 2006-present Lecturer University of Leicester.


Currently focused on two research themes, Active Galaxies and Exoplanets. Research on Active Galaxies is focused on understanding the immediate environment near the central blackhole, the accretion disc and the high velocity, highly ionised gas (BLR). In particular we use continuum and emission-line variability studies to measure (i) the disc temperature profile, thereby testing the standard model, and (ii) to map the  BLR dynamics.
Exoplanet research focuses on new discoveries with NGTS (the Next Generation Transit Survey) and serendipitous science with a focus on low mass binaries.


(0) 193 refereed publications, H-index 55.

Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. IX. Velocity-Delay Maps for Broad Emission Lines in NGC 5548. Horne, K. et al. 2021, ApJ 907, 76.

NGTS-19b: a high-mass transiting brown dwarf in a 17-d eccentric orbit, aCTON, j., Goad, M.R. et al. 2021, MNRAS 505, 2741.

An eclipsing M-dwarf close to the hydrogen burning limit from NGTS, Acton, J., Goad, M. et al. 2020, 498, 3115.

Accretion Disk Reverberation with Hubble Space Telescope Observations of NGC 4593: Evidence for Diffuse Continuum Lags. Cackett, E. et al. 2018, ApJ 857, 53.

Supermassive Black Holes with High Accretion Rates in Active Galactic Nuclei. XI. Accretion Disk Reverberation Mapping of Mrk 142. Cackett, E. et al. 2020, ApJ 896, 1.

Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. IV. Anomalous Behavior of the Broad Ultraviolet Emission Lines in NGC 5548, Goad, M.R. et al. 2016, ApJ 824, 11.

The broad emission-line region: the confluence of the outer accretion disc with the inner edge of the dusty torus. Goad, M.R., Korista, K.T., and Ruff, A. J 2012, MNRAS 426, 3086

What the Optical Recombination Lines Can Tell Us about the Broad-Line Regions of Active Galactic Nuclei. Korista, K.T. and Goad, M.R. 2004 ApJ 606,  749.

The Variable Diffuse Continuum Emission of Broad-Line Clouds. Korista, K.T and Goad, M.R. 2001, ApJ 533, 695.

Response functions as diagnostics of the broad-line region in active galactic nuclei. Goad, M.R. et al. 1993, MNRAS 263, 149.


Photoionisation models of the BLR of AGN Machine learning New discoveries with NGTS


PA160x Applied Physics, PA260x Galaxies and the Universe, PA3230 Radiation and Matter,
PA3280 Physics Challenge, PA3605 Quasars and Cosmology, PA3900 Research Project, PA4440 Literature Review, PA4900 Research Project

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The Broad Emission Line Region of Active Galactic Nuclei


FHEA 2019
PhD University College London 1994
BSc Astronomy and Astrophysics 1st class honours, University of Newcastle Upon Type 1988
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