Bpt arecibo v2

Jeremy Bradford

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INTRODUCTION Supermassive black holes (BHs) live at the heart of essentially all massive galaxies with bulges. BHs power active galactic nuclei (AGN) and are thought to be important agents in the evolution of their hosts. Using optical spectroscopy from the SDSS, WE HAVE ASSEMBLED THE LARGEST SAMPLE OF LOW MASS (DWARF) GALAXIES HOSTING MASSIVE BHS TO DATE (Reines et al. 2013). These dwarf galaxies have stellar masses comparable to the Magellanic Clouds ($M_{\rm stellar} ∼ 10^{8.5} − 10^{9.5} M_{\odot}$) and contain some of the least-massive BHs known in galaxy nuclei ($M_{\rm BH} ∼ 10^5 M_{\odot}$). Determining the impact of AGN on thier low-mass host galaxies will help constrain BH feedback and galaxy formation models at all mass scales. WE PROPOSE NEW 21 CM NEUTRAL HYDROGEN (HI) EMISSION OBSERVATIONS TO STUDY THE PROPERTIES OF THE LEAST-MASSIVE GALAXIES KNOWN TO CONTAIN MASSIVE BHS. By examining BH to HI scaling relations at the sparsely-populated low-mass end, these new observations will enable us to inspect the correlation of gas content and dynamical masses to the BH and galaxy properties of our BH hosts. In order to separate the effects of AGN feedback from environmental effects, we will compare our isolated dwarf galaxies that host BHs against the isolated control sample of Bradford, et al., (in prep.). The results of our study will provide vital information on the formation and evolution of the smallest galaxies hosting massive BHs as well as the effect of AGN feedback on the cold HI gas content of low mass galaxies.