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March 22, 20224:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Massive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies


Mallory Molina (Montana State University)


Lucas Macri

Event Details

While supermassive black holes live in the heart of almost every massive galaxy, their origins remain unknown. Massive black holes residing in much smaller dwarf galaxies can shed light on the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes, but are notoriously difficult to detect. In this talk, I will present a new technique I have developed to find black holes in dwarf galaxies using highly energetic coronal-line emission. This method provides a new pathway to find black holes that are often missed by traditional optical detection techniques. I will then describe my future directions, including my plans to work with the James Webb Space Telescope. Finally, I will briefly discuss my work related to diversity, equity and inclusion and my plans to continue this work at Texas A&M.

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