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School of Physics and Astronomy

Understanding the Formation of Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes: Perspectives from Wide-Field Galaxy Surveys, Room 516

20 January 2016

Time: 4:30pm
Venue: See Talk Details

The London Relativity and Cosmology Seminar
Manda Banerji (IoA, Cambridge)

Among the major outstanding questions in galaxy formation research is understanding how galaxies regulate their overall star formation rate over cosmic time to yield the complex diversity of structures seen today. Supermassive black holes (SMBHs), a ubiquitous central component of massive galaxies, have emerged as promising candidates for moderating star formation and quenching the growth of massive galaxies. Yet the connection between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies still remains poorly understood. I will discuss how wide-field galaxy surveys (often primarily designed for studies of the dark Universe!) are now offering new insights into the formation of massive galaxies and the growth of their central black holes.