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September 16, 201911:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

The Growth and Merger of Supermassive Black holes


Vivian U (University of California, Irvine)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

The upcoming decades will present exciting opportunities to explore the physics of merging supermassive black holes from the multi-messenger perspective. The electromagnetic identification of dual and binary candidates with subsequent detailed follow-ups will become routine. Thus, a study of the small-scale environment hosting these events provides the necessary groundwork for future investigations. In this talk, I will highlight results from our Keck OSIRIS AO LIRG Analysis survey, a key survey to probe the nuclear gas kinematics in nearby interacting galaxies on scales comparable to the sphereof-influence regions of the central black holes. I will also outline a time-domain reverberation mapping study that examines the broad line regions of accreting black holes, and how it may be applied to identify binary candidates given upcoming large surveys. The power of high-resolution studies in dissecting how systems dynamically evolve will become indispensable for understanding the astrophysics of merging supermassive black holes as we enter an exciting era of astronomy with the imminence of the James Webb Space Telescope, 30-meter class telescopes, and beyond

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