Department of Astronomy & Physics

TRACKING THE ORIGIN OF SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES OVER COSMIC TIME

Speaker: Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)
Time: November 1, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Location: Atrium 101

 

Nearly all galaxies appear to harbor a central supermassive black hole. The origin and properties of initial black hole seeds that grow to produce the detected supermassive black hole population are poorly constrained at present, as actively growing seeds are not directly observable near their birth epochs. Despite many open questions about the formation, fueling and feedback from accreting black holes in the universe, with multi-wavelength data, we have been able to successfully model the growing black hole population over cosmic time. I will present the current status of our understanding of the assembly history of supermassive black holes and the prospects of constraining our best-to-date models with data from upcoming missions.

 

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