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BHI Colloquium

Monday, May 6, 2024
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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BHI Colloquium

Xiaohui Fan


Quasars at Cosmic Dawn

Abstract: Quasars at cosmic dawn are powerful probes to the formation and growth of early supermassive black holes in the universe, their connections to high-redshift galaxy and structure formation, and the evolution of the intergalactic medium at the epoch of reionization. In this talk, I will review the progress in surveys of the most distant quasars, which have discovered hundreds of luminous quasars within the first billion years of cosmic history, with the highest redshift at z~7.6. They are powered by billion solar mass black holes, possible only by a combination of massive early black hole seeds with highly efficient and sustained accretion. I will present the latest results of multiwavelength studies of early quasars and their environments, in particular using JWST and ALMA. While rapid early black hole growth is accompanied by intense star formation and feedback in their host galaxies, the diverse quasar environment unveiled by these observations suggests a complex interplay between black hole accretion, galaxy assembly, the physics of reionization and the emergence of early large scale structure. I will conclude with a look into the future, as the era of the first supermassive black holes is finally within the horizon of our research efforts.

Bio: Xiaohui Fan is currently a Regents’ Professor of Astronomy, and the Associate Head in the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. He received his B.S. degree from Nanjing University, China in 1992, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2000. After two years as a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he joined the faculty at Arizona in 2002. He is an extragalactic observational astronomer, and his main research interests include quasars, supermassive black holes, early galaxy formation, intergalactic medium, cosmic reionization, and survey astronomy.


Monday, May 6, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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