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The Search for Supermassive Black Holes in the Era of Big Sky Surveys

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Astronomy is experiencing a golden-age of data gathering. Powerful digital cameras and sensitive spectrographs mounted on some of the world’s largest telescopes, are now enabling us to map hundreds of millions of astronomical sources all the way from the local to the very early Universe. Big surveys also open up discovery space for us to identify some of the rarest and most exotic objects that populate our Universe. I will describe how some of the current big sky surveys are changing the face of observational astronomy, discuss some of my own research into the hunt for rare accreting supermassive black holes using these big surveys, and conclude with some future prospects on new telescopes and facilities that are set to revolutionise the field.

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The talk will be followed by refreshments outside the lecture theatre.

The talk will be at the usual location of Wolfson lecture theatre in the Department of Chemistry. The entrance is the opposite side of the building to Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lecture theatre and is opposite the car park- shown by the red arrow on the map.,0.125242,18

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society (CUAS) series.

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