THE BLACK HOLE MASS IN M87 FROM GEMINI/NIFS ADAPTIVE OPTICS OBSERVATIONS

@article{Gebhardt2011THEBH,
  title={THE BLACK HOLE MASS IN M87 FROM GEMINI/NIFS ADAPTIVE OPTICS OBSERVATIONS},
  author={K. Gebhardt and J. Adams and D. Richstone and T. Lauer and S. Faber and K. Gultekin and J. Murphy and S. Tremaine},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={729},
  pages={119}
}
  • K. Gebhardt, J. Adams, +5 authors S. Tremaine
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • We present the stellar kinematics in the central 2'' of the luminous elliptical galaxy M87 (NGC 4486), using laser adaptive optics to feed the Gemini telescope integral-field spectrograph, Near-infrared Integral Field Spectrograph (NIFS). The velocity dispersion rises to 480 km s–1 at 02. We combine these data with extensive stellar kinematics out to large radii to derive a black hole mass equal to (6.6 ± 0.4) × 109 M ☉, using orbit-based axisymmetric models and including only the NIFS data in… CONTINUE READING
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