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Demographics of Supermassive Black Holes across the Universe

Parallel Science Sessions - 
Supermassive black holes

b/g image: Light from a black hole 13 billion years ago (Y Matsuoka et al. 2016)

Scientific Rationale

Our understandings of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) have undergone significant progress over the past few decades. The discovery of tight correlation between the masses of SMBHs and the host galaxies indicates co-evolution of the two systems, which may be a key ingredient to shape the universe we see today. Wide-field surveys have revealed the prevalence of quasars and active galactic nuclei (AGNs), now out to z > 7, where the universe was less than a billion years old. Recent development of time-domain astronomy is opening up a new avenue of exploring cosmological evolution of black holes, through detections of tidal disruption events, changing-look quasars, and low-luminosity AGNs.

This conference aims at bringing researchers together to review the recent progress of these fields and discuss future directions. The conference will mainly cover the following topics.

・Wide-field surveys for quasars and AGNs

・Black hole assembly in various environments

・Co-evolution of galaxies and SMBHs

・Time-domain astronomy for SMBHs

Invited Speakers

Masayuki Akiyama (Tohoku U.)

Invited Speakers

Jenny Greene (Princeton U.)

Kohei Ichikawa (Tohoku U.)

Luis Ho (KIAA/Peking U.)

Chris Harrison (ESO)

Silvia Mateos (IFCA)

Stephanie La Massa (Yale U.)

SOC members

Yoshiki Matsuoka (Ehime U.) - chair

Masa Imanishi (NAOJ)

Michael Strauss (Princeton U.)

Masaomi Tanaka (Tohoku U.)

Jong-Hak Woo (SNU)


Subaru Telescope
650 N Aohoku Pl
Hilo, HI, 96720 United States


Dr. Sakurako Okamoto
Dr. Rhythm Shimakawa
at Subaru Telescope


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