Discovering Quiescent Supermassive Black Holes in NGC Galaxies with TESS

Project: Research project

Description

We propose to use TESS to detect and characterize the variability from radiatively-inefficient accretion flows onto central SMBHs in all ⇠ 8, 000 NGC galaxies to: (1) constrain the central BH occupation fraction in nearby galaxies; (2) probe the optical variability characteristics (e.g., the power spectral density, PSD) down to the ISCO frequency to estimate SMBH masses.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date9/1/198/31/20

Funding

  • Research Corporation (26968)

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