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