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Program Information for 2016A-0221


PI: Anil Seth, University of Utah, aseth@astro.utah.edu
Address: Salt Lake City, UT, 84112 USA

CoI: Nadine Neumayer, Max Planck Institut fur Astrophysik
CoI: Mark den Brok, University of Utah
CoI: Iskren Georgiev, Max Planck Institut fur Astrophysik
CoI: Rachel Mason, Gemini Observatory
CoI: Torsten Boeker, European Space Agency
CoI: Jenny Greene, Princeton U.

Title: A GNIRS Survery of the Nearest Nuclear Star Clusters

Abstract: The nuclei of galaxies contain both massive black holes and dense nuclear star clusters. We will use GNIRS spectroscopy to measure dynamical masses and emission line fluxes for a sample of nuclei within 10 Mpc. Scaling relations for nuclear star clusters show a clear correlation with galaxy mass, but the correlation is based primarily on uncertain photometric mass estimates. We will greatly enlarge the sample of dynamical masses, including in early type galaxies, allowing us to determine how NSC masses correlate with galaxy mass across Hubble Type. We will also use the data to detect the presence of molecular gas at the centers of low mass galaxies that can then be followed up with high resolution ALMA and JWST observations to measure dynamical masses of the smallest central black holes.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2016A):  GEM-NQ/GNIRS -- 13.1hrs band 1 (GN-2016A-Q-9)


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