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Program Information for 2017A-0265


PI: Nicholas McConnell, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, n.j.mcconnell@gmail.com
Address: Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, 5071W SAANICH RD, VICTORIA, BC V9E 2E7 Canada

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

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 statistically 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. GMOS-N IFU observations of the seven galaxies proposed herein will complete the MASSIVE black hole survey. Combining these objects with 27 observed previously (including fall counterparts in 2016B), we will triple the number of well-measured black holes in galaxies more massive than 10^11.5 Msun. Our targets are supported by new Hubble Space Telescope data, which will enable precise distance determinations and solidify the relationship between SMBHs and massive galaxies' central stellar cores.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017A):  GEM-NQ/GMOSN -- 8.4hrs band 1 (GN-2017A-Q-15)


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