Richard Saxton

XMM-Newton programmer/scientist


Main Research Fields

AGN: the temporal and spectral variability of Active Galactic Nuclei, especially concentrating on the mechanisms responsible for very high variability events.

Tidal Disruption Events: X-ray and UV flares produced by the disruption of a star by the supermassive black hole at a galaxy nucleus.

XMM-Newton slew survey: the production of a catalogue of X-ray sources detected while the XMM satellite moves between targets.


Tidal Disruption AGN Catalogue XMM-Newton slew X-ray

Ongoing collaborations

Tidal Disruption Event collaboration with Andrew Read (University of Leicester), Stefanie Komossa (MPIfR, Bonn), Pauline Lira (Universidad de Chile), Kate Alexander (Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, USA), Peter Maksym (Harvard)

AGN collaboration with Dirk Grupe (Morehead State University, USA), Stefanie Komossa (MPIfR, Bonn), Giovanni Miniutti (CAB), Rhaana Starling (University of Leicester), M. Giustini (SRON, NL)

XMM-Newton slew catalogue with Andrew Read (University of Leicester) and Michael Freyberg (MPE, Garching)


Starling et al. 2017, MNRAS, 468, 378: Characterization of AGN from the XMM-Newton Slew Survey

Alexander et al. 2017, ApJ, 837, 153: Radio Observations of the Tidal Disruption Event XMMSL1 J0740-85

Saxton et al. 2017, A&A, 598, 29: XMMSL1 J074008.2-853927: a tidal disruption event with thermal and non-thermal components

Giustini et al. 2017, A&A, 597, 66: Direct probe of the inner accretion flow around the supermassive black hole in NGC 2617

Strotjohann et al. 2016, A&A, 592, 74: Highly variable AGN from the XMM-Newton slew survey

Rosen et al. 2016, A&A, 591, 1: The XMM-Newton serendipitous survey. VII. The third XMM-Newton serendipitous source catalogue

Saxton et al. 2015, MNRAS, 454, 2798: Was the soft X-ray flare in NGC 3599 due to an AGN disc instability or a delayed tidal disruption event?

Grupe, Komossa & Saxton 2015, ApJ, 803, 28: IC 3599 Did It Again: A Second Outburst of the X-Ray Transient Seyfert 1.9 Galaxy

Saxton et al. 2014, A&A, 572, 1: An X-ray and UV flare from the galaxy XMMSL1 J061927.1-655311

Agís-González et al. 2014, MNRAS, 443, 2862: Black hole spin and size of the X-ray-emitting region(s) in the Seyfert 1.5 galaxy ESO 362-G18

Saxton et al. 2008, A&A, 480, 611: The first XMM-Newton slew survey catalogue: XMMSL1

Project/mission at ESA