ACP Seminar (Astronomy - Cosmology - Particle Physics)

Speaker: Yue Shen (CfA)
Title: Searching for binary supermassive black holes: from tens of kpc to sub-pc scales
Date (JST): Mon, Nov 01, 2010, 13:00 - 14:00
Place: Seminar Room B
Related File: 335.pdf
Abstract: Binary SMBHs are generic outcomes of hierarchical galaxy mergers. They are of great value in understanding the role of galaxy mergers in AGN fueling and the interplay between SMBHs and their hosts, as well as predictions for future gravitational wave detection experiments. While pervasive in theoretical models, despite decades of searching, binary SMBHs with separations below a few kpc remain extremely difficult to find. In this talk I will discuss searches for binary SMBHs at various separations, with focus on our recent work on kpc-scale binary AGNs selected from SDSS.