Exploring the Inner Structure of Active Galactic Nuclei by Reverberation

dc.contributor.author Peterson, Bradley M.
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Physics en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Ohio State University. Dept. of Astronomy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-14T19:20:28Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-14T19:20:28Z
dc.date.issued 2016-10-31
dc.description Presented on October 31, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1117 en_US
dc.description Bradley M. Peterson is the former Chair (2006-2015) of the Department of Astronomy at The Ohio State University. His research is directed towards determination of the physical nature of active galactic nuclei (AGNs). These are the most luminous discrete sources in the Universe, as bright as an entire giant galaxy of normal stars, but are nevertheless very compact, only about the size of the Solar System. The immediate goal of most of my recent research has been to probe the inner structure of AGNs on the smallest possible scales through studies of continuum and emission-line variability, a process known as "reverberation mapping." Reverberation mapping allows us to measure directly the masses of the black holes at the centers of active galactic nuclei. en_US
dc.description Runtime: 59:18 minutes en_US
dc.description.abstract The innermost structure of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) consists of an accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole and, on somewhat larger scales, rapidly moving diffuse gas. The ultraviolet through near IR spectrum of AGNs is dominated by thermal continuum emission from the accretion disk and broad emission lines and absorption features from the diffuse gas. The continuum flux from the accretion disk varies with time, and the emission lines also change in brightness, or “reverberate,” in response to these variations, with a delay due to the light-travel time across the line-emitting region. Measurement of the emission-line time delay yields the size of the line-emitting region and by combining this with the emission-line Doppler width, the central black hole mass can be inferred. I will discuss results from recent “reverberation mapping” experiments, including a 179-orbit HST Cycle 21 program, that have been designed to explore the dynamics of the emission-line gas and are yielding a wealth of new and quite surprising information about AGN structure. en_US
dc.format.extent 59:18 minutes
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/56020
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Physics Public Lecture Series
dc.subject AGN structure en_US
dc.subject Black hole en_US
dc.subject Doppler en_US
dc.subject HST cycle 21 en_US
dc.title Exploring the Inner Structure of Active Galactic Nuclei by Reverberation en_US
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