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Proposal Information for 2013A-0396


PI: Nicholas J. McConnell, University of Hawaii, Manoa, nmcc@ifa.hawaii.edu
Address: Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822, 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

Title: Black Holes in Luminous Southern Hemisphere Galaxies

Abstract: In semesters 2012A and 2012B, our team began an ambitious program to measure black hole masses in a diverse sample of galaxies, using both Gemini North and Gemini South. A large sample will allow us to better define the high-mass ends of scaling relations between black holes and their host galaxies, and to assess whether scatter in the relations arises from stochastic black hole growth or from systematic differences between galaxy types. For semester 2013A, we focus on four new galaxies residing in different environments, to build a comparison sample for Brightest Cluster Galaxies with previously measured black hole masses. The integral-field units (IFUs) on GMOS-N and GMOS-S are ideal instruments for efficiently measuring stellar kinematics in galaxy nuclei and thereby determining the central black hole mass.


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