Study by postdoctoral (Simons) Fellow Kohei Inayoshi and faculty member Zoltan Haiman highlighted by AAS

September 28, 2016

A recent study by postdoctoral (Simons) Fellow Kohei Inayoshi and Prof. Zoltan Haiman, showing that there is a maximum size to which supermassive black holes (SMBHs) can grow in galactic nuclei, was highlighted this week by the American Astronomical Society. The paper puts forward an explanation for a curious but hitherto unexplained finding: the largest SMBHs at any redshift have a mass of about 10 billion solar masses. Inayoshi and Haiman show that there is a limiting mass for SMBHs that is set by small-scale physical processes in galactic nuclei, rather than physics involving galaxy evolution, star formation history, or background cosmology.

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