Oct 9 – 12, 2018
Europe/Rome timezone

Black Hole Masses from Reverberation and Scaling Relationships

Oct 10, 2018, 3:00 PM


Elena Dalla Bonta` (Univ. Padova)


Reverberation mapping and scaling relationships based on reverberation results provide the underpinning of all estimates of quasar black hole masses. When applying these scaling relationships, there are potential pitfalls that are widely unappreciated and can result in biases that can, in turn, lead to systematic errors in the black hole mass function and therefore conclusions about the evolution of black holes over time. I will discuss potential sources of biases and show how they can be mitigated.

Affiliation Universita` di Padova

Primary authors

Elena Dalla Bonta` (Univ. Padova) Prof. Bradley Peterson (STScI)

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