AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 21. Supermassive Blackhole Research and Advances with STIS
Topical Session Oral, Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 2:00-3:30pm, 3:45-5:30pm, Lilac Ballroom

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[21.26] Long-Term Future of Black Hole Research - Mergers & Gravitational Waves

D. O. Richstone (University of Michigan)

Most of the speakers in todays session have discussed the growing body of evidence that suggests that: 1. black holes are a standard feature of galaxy evolution. 2. they form early, possibly before most of the star formation in their eventual hosts. 3. they participate in the merger of protogalaxies. 4. they influence the evolution, and perhaps the formation, of their host galaxies. These results are novel. They have testable consequences. Its possible that the history of BH-galaxy co-evolution can be probed in definitive ways. We will focus on possible observations with NGST and with LISA (a proposed gravitational wave array). I thank STScI and NASA for support through GO07388.01-96A and NAG-8238.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: dor@umich.edu

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