Measuring the Masses of Supermassive Black Holes

  title={Measuring the Masses of Supermassive Black Holes},
  author={Bradley M. Peterson},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
Supermassive black holes reside at the centers of most, if not all, massive galaxies: the difference between active and quiescent galaxies is due to differences in mass accretion rate and radiative efficiency rather than whether or not they have nuclear black holes. In this contribution, methods for measuring the masses of supermassive black holes are discussed, with emphasis on reverberation mapping which is most generally applicable to accreting supermassive black holes and, in particular, to… Expand

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