Black Hole Demographics
Presented by Tod Lauer
National Optical Astronomy Observatories
Thursday, January 22, 2015
4:00 P.M. in 169-336
Over the last 15 years we've firmly established that most galaxies harbor supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at their centers, with the black hole masses closely tied to the properties of their hosting galaxies. SMBHs are thus a normal component of galaxies and their co-formation and evolution are intimately woven together. The task of black hole "demographics" is to use the properties of the population of galaxies to assess the population of black holes over the local volume of the Universe. I will discuss the current state of black hole demographics and the prospects for improving its diagnostic power.
JPL Contact: Leonidas Moustakas (3-5095)