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Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gant Science Complex, Physics, Room PB-103A

Mojegan Azadi, University of California, San Diego

Supermassive Black Holes: Multi-Wavelength Identification and Host Galaxy Properties

I present results from the MOSDEF survey on active galactic nucleus (AGN) identification, selection biases, and host galaxy properties at z~2.3, and results from the PRIMUS survey on the relation between AGN accretion and star formation activity at z~0.8. In the MOSDEF survey, with a sample of X-ray, IR, and optically selected AGN at z~2.3, using rest-frame optical spectra obtained with the Keck/MOSFIRE instrument, I find clear selection biases in identifying AGN at these wavelengths. There is a strong bias against identifying AGN at any wavelength in low mass galaxies, and an additional bias against identifying IR AGN in the most massive galaxies. While AGN hosts span a wide range of SFR, IR AGN are mainly in less dusty galaxies with relatively higher SFR and optical AGN are in dusty galaxies with relatively lower SFR in our sample. X-ray AGN selection does not display a bias with host SFR. I also consider the relation between the growth of galaxies and their SMBHs using a large sample of X-ray AGN in the PRIMUS survey. I do not find a significant correlation between SFR and AGN instantaneous luminosity. However, I find a weak but significant correlation between the average luminosity of AGN and SFR, which likely reflects that AGN luminosities vary on shorter timescales than host galaxies SFR. My results indicate that AGN are also often hosted by quiescent galaxies, and within both the star-forming and quiescent galaxy populations the probability of hosting an AGN is a power-law distribution as a function of specific accretion rate. However, at a given stellar mass, I find that a star-forming galaxy is ~2–3 times more likely than a quiescent galaxy to host an AGN of a given specific accretion rate. The probability of a galaxy hosting an AGN is constant across the main sequence of star formation, while in quiescent galaxies increases with SFR.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:15 p.m. Gant Science Complex Room PB-103A


Dawn Rawlinson, 486-4916,

Physics Department (primary)

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