Jenna Cann

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Jenna Cann

  • POST DOC
  • 301.286.1111
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 662
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NPP POST-DOC CONTRACT
  • Brief Bio

    Jenna Cann studies active galactic nuclei in dwarf and low metallicity galaxies, with both theoretical and observational projects. They use the photoionization code, Cloudy, to simulate the emission from black holes of various masses (particularly those in the intermediate mass range; 100 - 10,000 MSun) to determine the best diagnostics to find black holes in extreme environments. She also uses data from Keck and Gemini to assess the efficacy of these diagnostics.

    Research Interests

    Dwarf and low metallicity galaxies

    Intermediate Mass Black Holes

    Positions/Employment

    8/2017 - 5/2021

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

    Dissertation: Local Relics - The Hunt for Intermediate Mass Black Holes

    Advisor: Shobita Satyapal

    6/2021 - Present

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    Universities Space Research Association, NASA Goddard, Greenbelt, MD

    Education

    PhD in Physics - George Mason University (2021)

    B.S. in Astronomy - George Mason University (2017)

    A.S. in Math - Northern Virginia Community College (2013)

    Professional Service

    NGAPS+ co-officer (Advocacy, DEIA subcommittees)

    Co-founder of Spectrum, DEIA club and mentoring program at George Mason University Department of Physics

    Awards

    Dean's Award for Excellence in Service (George Mason University, May 2021)

    Outstanding Physics PhD Dissertation (George Mason University, May 2021)

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP, Sept 2017 - May 2021)

    Dean's Award for Excellence (George Mason University, April 2019)

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, B. Rothberg, et al. G. Canalizo, T. Bohn, S. LaMassa, W. Matzko, L. Blecha, N. J. Secrest, A. Seth, T. Böker, R. O. Sexton, L. Kamal, and H. Schmitt. 2021. "Relics of Supermassive Black Hole Seeds: The Discovery of an Accreting Black Hole in an Optically Normal, Low Metallicity Dwarf Galaxy." The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 912 (1): L2 [10.3847/2041-8213/abf56d]

    Satyapal, S., L. Kamal, J. M. Cann, N. J. Secrest, and N. P. Abel. 2021. "The Diagnostic Potential of JWST in Characterizing Elusive AGNs." The Astrophysical Journal, 906 (1): 35 [10.3847/1538-4357/abbfaf]

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, T. Bohn, et al. R. O. Sexton, R. W. Pfeifle, C. Manzano-King, G. Canalizo, B. Rothberg, M. Gliozzi, N. J. Secrest, and L. Blecha. 2020. "Multiwavelength Observations of SDSS J105621.45+313822.1, a Broad-line, Low-metallicity AGN." The Astrophysical Journal, 895 (2): 147 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab8b64]

    Pfeifle, R. W., S. Satyapal, C. Manzano-King, et al. J. Cann, R. O. Sexton, B. Rothberg, G. Canalizo, C. Ricci, L. Blecha, S. L. Ellison, M. Gliozzi, N. J. Secrest, A. Constantin, and J. B. Harvey. 2019. "A Triple AGN in a Mid-infrared Selected Late-stage Galaxy Merger." The Astrophysical Journal, 883 (2): 167 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a9b]

    Pfeifle, R. W., S. Satyapal, N. J. Secrest, et al. M. Gliozzi, C. Ricci, S. L. Ellison, B. Rothberg, J. Cann, L. Blecha, J. K. Williams, and A. Constantin. 2019. "Buried Black Hole Growth in IR-selected Mergers: New Results from Chandra." The Astrophysical Journal, 875 (2): 117 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab07bc]

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, N. P. Abel, et al. L. Blecha, R. F. Mushotzky, C. S. Reynolds, and N. J. Secrest. 2019. "The Limitations of Optical Spectroscopic Diagnostics in Identifying Active Galactic Nuclei in the Low-mass Regime." The Astrophysical Journal, 870 (1): L2 [10.3847/2041-8213/aaf88d]

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, N. P. Abel, et al. C. Ricci, N. J. Secrest, L. Blecha, and M. Gliozzi. 2018. "The Hunt for Intermediate-mass Black Holes in the JWST Era." The Astrophysical Journal, 861 (2): 142 [10.3847/1538-4357/aac64a]

    Brief Bio

    Jenna Cann studies active galactic nuclei in dwarf and low metallicity galaxies, with both theoretical and observational projects. They use the photoionization code, Cloudy, to simulate the emission from black holes of various masses (particularly those in the intermediate mass range; 100 - 10,000 MSun) to determine the best diagnostics to find black holes in extreme environments. She also uses data from Keck and Gemini to assess the efficacy of these diagnostics.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, B. Rothberg, et al. G. Canalizo, T. Bohn, S. LaMassa, W. Matzko, L. Blecha, N. J. Secrest, A. Seth, T. Böker, R. O. Sexton, L. Kamal, and H. Schmitt. 2021. "Relics of Supermassive Black Hole Seeds: The Discovery of an Accreting Black Hole in an Optically Normal, Low Metallicity Dwarf Galaxy." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 912 (1): L2 [10.3847/2041-8213/abf56d]

    Satyapal, S., L. Kamal, J. M. Cann, N. J. Secrest, and N. P. Abel. 2021. "The Diagnostic Potential of JWST in Characterizing Elusive AGNs." The Astrophysical Journal 906 (1): 35 [10.3847/1538-4357/abbfaf]

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, T. Bohn, et al. R. O. Sexton, R. W. Pfeifle, C. Manzano-King, G. Canalizo, B. Rothberg, M. Gliozzi, N. J. Secrest, and L. Blecha. 2020. "Multiwavelength Observations of SDSS J105621.45+313822.1, a Broad-line, Low-metallicity AGN." The Astrophysical Journal 895 (2): 147 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab8b64]

    Pfeifle, R. W., S. Satyapal, C. Manzano-King, et al. J. Cann, R. O. Sexton, B. Rothberg, G. Canalizo, C. Ricci, L. Blecha, S. L. Ellison, M. Gliozzi, N. J. Secrest, A. Constantin, and J. B. Harvey. 2019. "A Triple AGN in a Mid-infrared Selected Late-stage Galaxy Merger." The Astrophysical Journal 883 (2): 167 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a9b]

    Pfeifle, R. W., S. Satyapal, N. J. Secrest, et al. M. Gliozzi, C. Ricci, S. L. Ellison, B. Rothberg, J. Cann, L. Blecha, J. K. Williams, and A. Constantin. 2019. "Buried Black Hole Growth in IR-selected Mergers: New Results from Chandra." The Astrophysical Journal 875 (2): 117 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab07bc]

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, N. P. Abel, et al. L. Blecha, R. F. Mushotzky, C. S. Reynolds, and N. J. Secrest. 2019. "The Limitations of Optical Spectroscopic Diagnostics in Identifying Active Galactic Nuclei in the Low-mass Regime." The Astrophysical Journal 870 (1): L2 [10.3847/2041-8213/aaf88d]

    Cann, J. M., S. Satyapal, N. P. Abel, et al. C. Ricci, N. J. Secrest, L. Blecha, and M. Gliozzi. 2018. "The Hunt for Intermediate-mass Black Holes in the JWST Era." The Astrophysical Journal 861 (2): 142 [10.3847/1538-4357/aac64a]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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