CfA OIR Division Lunch Talks

February 11, 1999, Pratt Conference Room, 12:30 pm

Quasars and Ultraluminous Galaxies: At the Limit

Dr. Kim McLeod, Wellesley College


Observations with HST and groundbased telescopes have substantially changed our view of quasar host galaxies over the past few years. At the same time, studies of "normal" galaxies have hinted that all spheroids harbor black holes containing ~0.6% of the spheroid mass. I'll catch you up on these results, and then put them together to determine the accretion rates for quasars and the putative black holes hidden in ultraluminous infrared galaxies.