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Astronomy Colloquium
Reverberation mapping the inner environments of AGN
Date: Thursday, April 6th
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Yasaman Homayouni, Penn State University
Abstract: Reliable measurements of black hole mass and accretion-disk structure are critical to understanding the growth history of black holes and galaxy evolution over cosmic time. Beyond the local Universe, the gold standard for black hole mass and accretion-disk structure is reverberation mapping. I will present the latest results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping (SDSS-RM) project and show how it has transformed our understanding of supermassive black holes by dramatically expanding the number of quasars with reliable mass and accretion structure at z > 0.3. I will also present a promising new method for reliably measuring mass and accretion structure of early black holes using direct accretion-disk structure measurement from future massive time-domain quasar studies with SDSS-V and LSST.
Host: Ke Zhang
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