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What: 3rd UAS meeting of the Spring 2004 semester

When: Tuesday 2/10/04, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Where: BRT room 7 (in the basement)

Talk:

Title: Quasars, Black Holes, and the Birth of Galaxies

Abstract: Nearly all galaxies, including our own Milky Way, harbor "super-massive" black holes (SMBHs) in their centers. These SMBHs, with masses of a million to more than a billion times the mass of the Sun, are mostly dark and quiescent today. But in the distant past, when the galaxies around them were first forming, the SMBHs shone spectacularly bright as quasars - brighter than whole galaxies, brighter than 100 billion suns. We observe quasars today only large redshifts, that is, at large distances corresponding to "look-back" times of 5 - 10 billion years. This was the main epoch of galaxy formation. I will describe my efforts to study the coupled evolution of galaxies, quasars, and SMBHs.  

Because Astrophysics is Just that Cool!

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