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Colloquium: Nadia L. Zakamska

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Physics : 401
TITLE: Black hole feedback

ABSTRACT:  Supermassive black holes in centers of galaxies are now thought to have made critical impact on galaxy formation. Feedback from accretion onto supermassive black holes (during their active "quasar" phase) is implicated in establishing the black hole mass vs galaxy bulge correlations and in limiting the maximal mass of galaxies. In this talk, I will review the indirect evidence for quasar feedback as required by galaxy formation models. I will then present recent observations of powerful quasar-driven winds and outflows on galaxy-wide scales. These data may provide direct observational evidence for one of the long-standing paradigms in galaxy formation.