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Program Information for 2016A-0253


PI: Mark den Brok, University of Utah, denbrok@physics.utah.edu
Address: Salt Lake City, , UT, 84112 USA

CoI: Anil Seth, University of Utah
CoI: Steffen Mieske, ESO
CoI: Remco van den Bosch, Max Planck Institut fur Astrophysik
CoI: Mina Koleva, University of Ghent
CoI: Renuka Pechetti, University of Utah
CoI: Jay Strader, Michigan State U.
CoI: Glenn van de Ven, Max Planck Institut fur Astrophysik

Title: Massive black holes in small galaxies

Abstract: We propose to use Gemini NIFS/AO to study the cores of two early-type galaxies in the Virgo cluster, VCC1146 (NGC4458) and VCC1178 (NGC4464). Low spatial resolution long-slit data in both galaxies indicate the possible presence of supermassive black holes that will be detectable with the adaptive optics kinematics requested. Our measurements of the supermassive black hole (SMBH) masses will be used to study the M-sigma relation at low masses, as well as to confirm our hypothesis that these low-mass galaxies are similar to the progenitors of M60-UCD-like objects. We will also use the stellar kinematics to constrain the formation of the nuclear excess light in these galaxies.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2016A):  GEM-NQ/NIFS -- 9.5hrs band 2 (GN-2016A-Q-61)


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