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The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes From Seeds to Maturity

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Sackler Lecture 2015

I will discuss the full life cycle of supermassive black holes (BHs). I will start with the formation of BH seeds at high redshift, and the imprint seed formation may leave on the distribution of low-mass BHs in dwarf galaxies today. From there I will discuss observational constraints on the merging of binary BHs. The other way BHs grow is through accretion, and I’ll investigate the putative impact of BH growth on the surrounding host galaxy, with a focus on luminous obscured quasars. I’ll end with the old age of the most massive BHs known in the universe today.

This talk is part of the The Sackler Lectures series.

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