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Program Information for 2016B-0167


PI: Nicholas McConnell, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, n.j.mcconnell@gmail.com
Address: National Research Council Canada, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, 5071 W Saanich Rd., Victoria, BC V9E 2E7 Canada

CoI: Chung-Pei Ma, UC Berkeley
CoI: John Blakeslee, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
CoI: Jens Thomas, MPE Garching
CoI: Jenny Greene, Princeton U.
CoI: Melanie Veale, UC Berkeley
CoI: Charles Goullaud, UC Berkeley

Title: The Black Hole Population of the Most Massive Nearby Galaxies

Abstract: The cosmic census of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) is anchored by direct measurements in the nearby universe, from stellar or gas kinematics in galaxy nuclei. The volume-limited MASSIVE survey is the most systematically rigorous effort to uncover the upper end of the SMBH mass function, by examining the most massive elliptical galaxies over their full range of structural properties and cosmic environments. Our goal is to use integral-field spectrographs on Gemini to measure stellar kinematics and SMBH masses in 30 galaxies from the parent MASSIVE sample, tripling the number of well-measured black holes in galaxies more massive than 10^11.5 Msun. In semester 2016B we will observe seven MASSIVE galaxies with GMOS-N, adding to 20 galaxies observed in previous semesters. Our present targets are supported by new Hubble Space Telescope data, which will enable extremely precise distance determinations and solidify the relationship between SMBHs and massive galaxies' central stellar cores.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2016B):  GEM-NQ/GMOSN -- 14.3hrs band 1 (GN-2016B-Q-18)


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