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Astronomy Seminar

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Storrs Campus

Gloria Fonseca Alvarez, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping Project Radius Luminosity Relation

Results from a few decades of reverberation mapping (RM) studies have revealed a correlation between the radius of the broad-line emitting region and the continuum luminosity of active galactic nuclei. This "radius-luminosity" relation allows us to estimate black-hole masses across cosmic time, using single-epoch spectroscopy rather than long-term RM monitoring. I will discuss results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping project that differ significantly from the previously established radius-luminosity relation, introducing new challenges for single-epoch black hole masses.


Prof. C. Battersby

Physics Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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