Black hole growth and host galaxy morphology

Kevin Schawinski, C. Megan Urry, Shanil Virani, Paolo Coppi, Steven P. Bamford, Ezequiel Treister, Chris J. Lintott, Marc Sarzi, William C. Keel, Sugata Kaviraj, Carolin N. Cardamone, Karen L. Masters, Nicholas P. Ross

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of large samples of SDSS galaxies and AGN host galaxies divided by morphology reveal two fundamentally different evolutionary pathways leading to black hole growth in early- and late-type galaxies. In early-type galaxies, it is preferentially the galaxies with the least massive black holes that are growing, while in late-type galaxies, it is preferentially the most massive black holes that are growing. Stellar population studies furthermore reveal that early-type AGN host galaxies are post-starburst systems, while late-type hosts did not experience any recent quenching of star formation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCo-evolution of central black holes and galaxies
EditorsBradley M. Peterson, Rachel S. Sommerville, Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9780521765022
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposia and Colloquia
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: Seyfert
  • galaxies: active

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