A Search for Breathing of the Broad-Line Region of Quasars

by Katherine Kauma
Quasars are the ultra-luminous centers of some galaxies, powered by gas falling onto a supermassive black hole after forming an accretion disk. The glowing portion of fast-moving gas in and around the disk, called the "broad-line region," can change in size with the varying luminosity of the quasar in a phenomenon called "breathing." This project aims to determine the extent to which breathing exists and persists in >500 quasars observed multiple times over a decade.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics
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Physical Sciences
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University Park
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Michael Eracleous
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