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Astro Seminar

Growing Supermassive Black Holes in Galaxy Mergers

Speaker: Vivian U (Irvine)
Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021
Time: 16:00
Venue: Zoom

The upcoming decades will present exciting opportunities to explore the physics of merging supermassive black holes from the multi-messenger perspective. The electromagnetic identification of dual and binary candidates with subsequent detailed follow-ups will become routine. Thus, a study of the small-scale environment hosting these events provides the necessary groundwork for future investigations in the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. In this talk, I will highlight results from our Keck OSIRIS AO LIRG Analysis survey, which probes the nuclear gas kinematics in nearby interacting galaxies in the context of gas feeding and feedback. The power of high-resolution studies in dissecting how systems evolve will become indispensable as we enter an exciting era of observational astronomy with the imminence of the James Webb Space Telescope, 30-meter class telescopes, and beyond.