Difficulties with Recovering the Masses of Supermassive Black Holes from Stellar Kinematical Data

@article{Valluri2004DifficultiesWR,
  title={Difficulties with Recovering the Masses of Supermassive Black Holes from Stellar Kinematical Data},
  author={M. Valluri and D. Merritt and E. Emsellem},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={602},
  pages={66-92}
}
  • M. Valluri, D. Merritt, E. Emsellem
  • Published 2004
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • We investigate the ability of three-integral, axisymmetric, orbit-based modeling algorithms to recover the parameters defining the gravitational potential (mass-to-light ratio and black hole mass M•) in spheroidal stellar systems using stellar kinematical data. We show that the potential estimation problem is generically underdetermined when applied to long-slit kinematical data of the kind used for most black hole mass determinations to date. A range of parameters (, M•) can provide equally… CONTINUE READING
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