## Talks

- 19 May 2020
- Invited

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Supermassive black holes, once thought to be theoretical novelties, are now considered to play a major role in many astrophysical phenomena including galaxy evolution. Now that we live in the era of gravitational wave observations, it is interesting to look forward to a time when we can detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole coalescence. A major question remains: Do supermassive black holes merge? I will review the case for supermassive black holes as active players in the universe, focusing on the black hole outflows. Then I will concentrate on my group’s recent work searching for dual and binary AGNs along with recent developments: (1) closer inspection of time-domain-identified binary candidates; (2) a Bayesian framework for determining duality in a Chandra observation; and (3) spectroscopic and time-domain identification of low-mass-ratio binary AGN.

- 25 Oct 2021
- Invited

### Abstract

Supermassive black holes, once thought to be theoretical novelties, are now considered to play a major role in many astrophysical phenomena including galaxy evolution. Now that we live in the era of gravitational wave observations, it is interesting to look forward to a time when we can detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole coalescence. A major question remains: Do supermassive black holes merge? I will review the case for supermassive black holes as active players in the universe, focusing on black hole outflows. Then I will concentrate on my group’s recent work searching for dual and binary supermassive black holes along with recent developments: (1) closer inspection of time-domain-identified binary candidates; (2) a Bayesian framework for determining duality in a Chandra observation; and (3) spectroscopic and time-domain identification of low-mass-ratio binaries.

- 01 Feb 2021
- Invited

### Abstract

Supermassive black holes, once thought to be theoretical novelties, are now considered to play a major role in many astrophysical phenomena including galaxy evolution. Now that we live in the era of gravitational wave observations, it is interesting to look forward to a time when we can detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole coalescence. A major question remains: Do supermassive black holes merge? I will review the case for supermassive black holes as active players in the universe, focusing on the black hole outflows. Then I will concentrate on my group’s recent work searching for dual and binary supermassive black holes along with recent developments: (1) closer inspection of time-domain-identified binary candidates; (2) a Bayesian framework for determining duality in a Chandra observation; and (3) spectroscopic and time-domain identification of low-mass-ratio binaries.

- 09 Apr 2019
- Invited
- Talk page

### Abstract

Supermassive black holes, once thought to be theoretical novelties, are now considered to play a major role in many astrophysical phenomena including galaxy evolution. Now that we live in the era of gravitational wave observations, it is interesting to look forward to a time when we can detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole coalescence. A major question remains: Do supermassive black holes merge? I will review the case for supermassive black holes as active players in the universe, focusing on the black hole outflows. Then I will focus on my recent work searching for dual and binary AGNs along with recent developments: (1) closer inspection of time-domain-identified binary candidates; (2) a Bayesian framework for determining duality in a Chandra observation; and (3) spectroscopic and time-domain identification of low-mass-ratio binary AGN.

- 22 Mar 2019
- Invited
- Talk page

### Abstract

Supermassive black holes, once thought to be theoretical novelties, are now considered to play a major role in many astrophysical phenomena including galaxy evolution. Now that we live in the era of gravitational wave observations, it is interesting to look forward to a time when we can detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole coalescence. A major question remains: Do supermassive black holes merge? I will review the case for supermassive black holes role in the universe, focusing on the black hole mass scaling relations. Then I will focus on my recent work searching for dual and binary AGNs along with recent developments: (1) closer inspection of time-domain-identified binary candidates; (2) a Bayesian framework for determining duality in a Chandra observation; and (3) spectroscopic and time-domain identification of low-mass-ratio binary AGN.

- 01 Mar 2018
- Invited
- Talk page

### Abstract

Supermassive black holes, once thought to be theoretical novelties, are now considered to play a major role in many astrophysical phenomena including galaxy evolution. Now that we live in the era of gravitational wave observations, it is interesting to look forward to a time when we can detect gravitational waves from supermassive black hole coalescence. A major question remains: Do supermassive black holes merge? I will review the case for supermassive black holes role in the universe, focusing on the black hole mass scaling relations. Then I will introduce a new, empirical scaling relation that can be used for black hole mass estimation. Finally I will discuss the prospects and pitfalls of searching for dual and binary AGNs along with recent devlopments. These include (1) closer inspection of time-domain-identified binary candidates; (2) a Bayesian framework for determining duality in a Chandra observation; and (3) spectroscopic and time-domain identification of low-mass-ratio binary AGN.

- 24 Mar 2015
- Invited
- Talk page

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Supermassive black holes are some of the most fascinating energetic objects in the Universe, and they play a key role in what we can see across cosmic time and a large range of critical astrophysical phenomena. Despite their importance, much is unknown about their basic physics including how they were formed, how they grow, how they appear in different wavelengths, and what kind of galaxies they live in. The answers to many of these basic questions are within reach. I will review my recent, current, and future research plans to find their solutions.

- 24 Feb 2015
- Invited
- Talk page

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In addition to coevolution, the scaling relations in the local universe inform the study of formation of black hole seeds, black hole density functions across cosmic time, and the disputed claims of evolution of the scaling relations with redshift. I will discuss my new empirical-observational tool for using X-ray and radio measurements to measure black hole masses and understand the physics of accretion and outflow.

- 11 Nov 2014
- Invited
- Talk page
- Talk slides

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Stellar dynamical measurements of black hole masses have become the de facto standard method. I will give a brief review of how this measurement method works, along with arguments for its overall reliability and caveats. Then I will turn my attention to the case of the black hole in M87. The black hole is undeniably large — billions of solar masses — but has a stellar dynamical mass measurement in disagreement with gas dynamical mass measurements at about the 2 sigma level. I will discuss potential systematic uncertainties in both measurements and avenues to reconciling the discrepancy.

- 26 Sep 2014
- Invited
- Talk page

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It has been over a decade since the discovery that the mass of a central black hole scales with the properties of its host galaxy. Because of these remarkable scaling relations, the idea that galaxies and black holes coevolve through some sort of self-regulated feedback has come to dominate scientific discussion. But do we really understand what the scaling relations are telling us? I will review state of the field and present recent developments from the observational perspective of the black hole scaling relations, including our discovery of a 1.7e10 solar mass black hole in a galaxy with stellar mass only 1.2e11 solar masses, discussing how well coevolution models and their alternatives can handle this.

In addition to coevolution, the scaling relations in the local universe inform the study of formation of black hole seeds, black hole density functions across cosmic time, and the disputed claims of evolution of the scaling relations with redshift. I will discuss my new empirical-observational tool for using X-ray and radio measurements to measure black hole masses and understand the physics of accretion and outflow.

The history of searches for binary supermassive black holes is riddled with false positives and controversial findings. I will present recent and in-progress theoretical calculations to describe the electromagnetic signature of an accreting supermassive black hole with a small companion. This will lead into future observational searches for the tightest binary supermassive black holes.

I will conclude by exploring what important, observational and theoretical questions still need to be answered.

- 19 Feb 2014
- Invited
- Talk page

### Abstract

In addition to coevolution, the scaling relations in the local universe inform the study of formation of black hole seeds, black hole density functions across cosmic time, and the disputed claims of evolution of the scaling relations with redshift. I will discuss my new empirical-observational tool for using X-ray and radio measurements to measure black hole masses and understand the physics of accretion and outflow.

I will conclude by exploring what important, observational and theoretical questions still need to be answered.

- 07 Feb 2014
- Invited
- Talk page
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- 06 Sep 2013
- Informal

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- 08 Aug 2013
- Invited
- Talk page
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- 17 Mar 2013
- Invited
- Talk page

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- 15 Jan 2013
- Invited
- Talk page

### Abstract

It has been over a decade since the discovery that the mass of a central black hole scales with the properties of its host galaxy. Because of these remarkable scaling relations, the idea that galaxies and black holes coevolve through some sort of self-regulated feedback has come to dominate scientific discussion. But do we really understand what the scaling relations are telling us? I will review state of the field and present recent developments from the observational perspective of the black hole scaling relations, including our discovery of a 1.7 × 10^{10} solar mass black hole in a galaxy with stellar mass only 1.2 × 10^{11} solar masses, discussing how well coevolution models and their alternatives can handle this.

In addition to coevolution, the scaling relations in the local universe inform the study of formation of black hole seeds, black hole density functions across cosmic time, and the disputed claims of evolution of the scaling relations with redshift. I will discuss my theoretical works in these areas as well as my work on a new tool for using X-ray and radio measurements to measure black hole masses. I will conclude by exploring what important, observational and theoretical questions still need to be answered.

- 10 Oct 2012
- Invited

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- 06 Sep 2012
- Invited
- Talk page

### Abstract

It has been over a decade since the discovery that the mass of a central black hole scales with the

properties of its host galaxy. Because of these remarkable scaling relations, the idea that galaxies

and black holes coevolve through some sort of self-regulated feedback has come to dominate scientific

discussion. But do we really understand what the scaling relations are telling us? I will review state

of the field and present recent developments from the observational perspective of the black hole

scaling relations, including our rediscovery of a 1.7e10 solar mass black hole in a galaxy with stellar

mass only 1.2e11 solar masses, discussing how well coevolution models and their alternatives can handle

this.

In addition to coevolution, the scaling relations in the local universe inform the study of formation of

black hole seeds, black hole density functions across cosmic time, and the disputed claims of evolution of

the scaling relations with redshift. I will discuss my theoretical works in these areas as well as my

work on a new tool for using X-ray and radio measurements to measure black hole masses. I will conclude by exploring what important, observational and theoretical questions still need to be answered.

- 28 Feb 2012
- Invited

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- 15 Feb 2012
- Invited

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- 01 Feb 2012
- Invited

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- 08 Nov 2011
- Invited

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- 13 Oct 2011
- Invited

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- 20 Sep 2011
- Invited

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- 08 Sep 2011
- Invited

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- 22 Aug 2011
- Invited

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- 21 Sep 2010
- Contributed

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- 15 Sep 2010
- Invited

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- 14 Sep 2010
- Invited

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- 24 Aug 2009
- Contributed

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- 12 Aug 2009
- Contributed
- Talk page
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We report on recently derived improved versions of the relations between supermassive black hole mass (M_BH) and host-galaxy bulge velocity dispersion (sigma) and luminosity (L) (the M-sigma and M-L relations), based on ~50 M_BH measurements and ~20 upper limits. Particular attention is paid to recovery of the intrinsic scatter (epsilon_0) in both relations. The scatter was found to be significantly larger than estimated in most previous studies. The large scatter requires revision of the local black hole mass function, and it implies that there may be substantial selection bias in studies of the evolution of the M-sigma and M-L relations. When only considering ellipticals, the scatter appears to decrease. These results appear to be insensitive to a wide range of assumptions about the measurement errors and the distribution of intrinsic scatter. We also report on the effects on the fits of culling the sample according to the resolution of the black hole’s sphere of influence.

- 02 Apr 2009
- Invited

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- 21 Sep 2006
- Invited

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- 27 Jul 2006
- Invited

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- 14 Sep 2005
- Invited

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- 06 Dec 2004
- Invited

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- 16 Nov 2004
- Invited

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- 20 Oct 2004
- Invited

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- 19 Oct 2004
- Invited

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- 15 Oct 2004
- Invited

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- 03 Mar 2003
- Invited