Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union


The Interplay among Black Holes, Stars and ISM Galactic Nuclei
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Black hole masses in active galaxies


Aaron J. Barth a1
a1 Astronomy Department, 105-24 Caltech, Pasadena, CA, 91125, USA

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Abstract

This contribution reviews two topics of current interest in the study of black hole demographics in active galaxies: Can the stellar velocity dispersions of quasar host galaxies be measured? And can we constrain the black hole mass function below 106 M$_\odot$?



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