RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 10 March 2017, 14:30-14:50; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Natalia Sommer

"Reverberation Mapping: Studying the Universe by Studying Active Galactic Nuclei - Thesis proposal"

It has recently been shown that active galactic nuclei (AGN) may be possible to use as standardisable candles utilising the method of reverberation mapping. Their luminosity allows them to be seen at high redshifts (z>2) using even medium-sized ground-based telescopes, used by for instance the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), who are together targeting 771 AGN for reverberation mapping purposes. Using their data I will perform analysis which will expand the field of reverberation mapping, and teach us more about the cosmology of our Universe.