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M87 Workshop: Towards the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Cosmic Jets
May 23(Mon)-27(Fri), 2016
Taipei, Taiwan

Invited Presentation

Dynamical Black Hole Mass Measurements for M87


Presenter: Jonelle Walsh (Texas A&M University)

M87 is one of the most luminous nearby galaxies and hosts one of the most massive black holes known, making it a very important target for extragalactic studies. The supermassive black hole has been the subject of several stellar and gas-dynamical mass measurements; however, the best current stellar-dynamical black hole mass is larger than the gas-dynamical determination by a factor of two, corresponding to a 2-sigma discrepancy. In this talk, I will review the black hole mass measurements that have been made over the years for M87, focusing in particular on the most recent gas-dynamical measurement from multi-slit Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. I will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses generally associated with stellar and gas-dynamical black hole mass measurement methods, and the current state of cross-checks between the two methods that have been carried out within the same galaxy.

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