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OCA General Meeting
Friday October 11th, 2013, 7:30 PM
Chapman University
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Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galaxies: The View from Lick Observatory

Supermassive black holes are found in the centers of all large galaxies, and the masses of these black holes are closely correlated with the masses and other properties of their host galaxies. A major challenge for astronomers is to understand how supermassive black holes and galaxies co-evolved over the past 13 billion years. In this presentation, I'll give an overview of work done by my group at Lick Observatory to study the close environments of black holes in nearby active galaxies using the method of reverberation mapping, and how these observations can help us understand the cosmic evolution of black holes.

Aaron Barth

Aaron Barth earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1998, and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and at Caltech. He has been a member of the UC Irvine faculty since 2004. His group carries out research on supermassive black holes and quasars, primarily using data from Lick Observatory, the Keck Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope.

"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by John Garrett

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