Jorge Cuadra

Jorge Cuadra

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Profesor Asistente
Departamento de Astronomía y Astrofísica
P. Universidad Católica de Chile


  • 2011B: Astronomía
  • 2011A: El Centro Galáctico
  • 2010B: Astronomía

Current Research:

  • Gas dynamics and massive black hole binaries
  • Star formation in self-gravitating accretion discs
  • Stellar dynamics in galactic nuclei
  • Accretion onto Sgr A*


(longer version)
  • 2010-...: Assistant Professor at PUC.
  • 2008-2010: Joint postdoctoral position between MPA and SHAO.
  • 2006-2008: Research Associate at JILA, University of Colorado, US.
  • 2002-2006: PhD at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA), Garching, Germany.
  • 1998-2001: Degree in Astronomy (Licenciatura) at the P. Universidad Católica (PUC), Santiago, Chile.
  • 1996-2000: Studies in Engineering and Computer Science at PUC.

Selected publications:

(For a more complete list please see the ADS or the arXiv.)
  • A gas cloud on its way towards the super-massive black hole in the Galactic Centre (Nature 2012)
  • Binaries migrating in a gaseous disk: Where are the Galactic center binaries? (ApJ 2011)
  • Massive black hole binary mergers within sub-pc scale gas discs (MNRAS 2009)
  • Stellar dynamical evidence against a cold disc origin for stars in the Galactic Centre (MNRAS 2008)
  • Variable accretion and emission from the stellar winds in the Galactic Centre (MNRAS 2008)
  • Simulations of star formation in a gaseous disc around Sgr A* - a failed active galactic nucleus (MNRAS 2007)
  • Galactic Centre stellar winds and Sgr A* accretion (MNRAS 2006)
  • A self-gravitating accretion disk in Sgr A* a few million years ago: Is Sgr A* a failed quasar? (A&A 2005)
  • Accretion of cool stellar winds on to Sgr A*: another puzzle of the Galactic Centre? (MNRAS 2005)
  • Bright stars and an optically thick inactive disk in Sgr A* and other dormant galaxy centers (A&A 2003)

Online material

  • "¿Cómo se come algo un agujero negro?"
    Video realizado por Ciencia Cierta sobre el descubrimiento de la nube de gas cayendo a Sgr A*
  • "Massive black hole binary mergers within sub-pc scale gas discs".
    Talk at the 7th meeting of the Chilean Astronomical Society, Santiago, Jan 2009.
  • "Star formation and stellar winds around the Galactic super-massive black hole".
    Invited talk at the conference on Astrophysics of Compact Objects, Huangshan, July 2007.
    • Slides from my presentation.
    • The animations I showed can be found here and here.
  • "Variable accretion of stellar winds onto Sagittarius A*".
    Talk at the IAU Symposium on Black Holes, Prague, Aug 2006.
  • "Variable accretion of stellar winds onto Sgr A*".
    Talk at the Galactic Center Workshop 2006, Bad Honnef, Apr 2006.

Last updated 2011-12-19.