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Proposal Information for 2012B-0137


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

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

Title: The Most Massive Galaxies and Black Holes

Abstract: Following our measurement of the most massive black holes in the local Universe with the integral-field unit (IFU) on GMOS-N, we propose to measure supermassive black holes in five galaxies with the IFU on GMOS-S. Our target galaxies comprise a representative sample for quantitatively exploring the high-mass ends of the scaling relations between black hole mass, galaxy luminosity, and stellar velocity dispersion. Determining the slope and scatter of these relations will distinguish between different scenarios for galaxy mergers along the red sequence and between hierarchical versus stochastic growth for the most massive black holes.


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