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Proposal Information for 2012A-0582


PI: Nicholas J. McConnell, University of California, Berkeley, nmcc@berkeley.edu
Address: Astronomy Department, 20-B Hearst Field Annex, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States

CoI: Chung-Pei Ma, University of California, Berkeley
CoI: Karl Gebhardt, University of Texas, Austin
CoI: Tod R. Lauer, NOAO
CoI: James R. Graham, University of California, Berkeley
CoI: Douglas O. Richstone, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Title: A Southern Hemisphere Survey of Black Holes

Abstract: We propose to measure black hole masses in eight galaxies with large stellar velocity dispersions, by recording stellar kinematics with the integral-field unit (IFU) on GMOS-S. Recent updates to the largest known black hole masses and corresponding black hole-bulge scaling relations indicate that a dozen or more galaxies host black holes detectable with seeing-limited observations. Improved measurements of the relationships between black hole mass, galaxy luminosity, and stellar velocity dispersion will provide insight to the processes that drive the evolution of massive galaxies.


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