SHAO Astrophysics Colloquium

Title: WISE-selected, luminous dust-obscured quasars and their host galaxies

Speaker: Lulu Fan (Shandong University)

Time: 230 pm, Dec. 13 (Thursday)

Location: Lecture Hall, 3rd floor

The massive galaxies and their central supermassive black holes (SMBHs) co-evolution scenario proposes that a gas-rich major merger can trigger the central starburst and feeding the SMBH accretion, and then star formation has eventually been quenched by quasar feedback. In this evolutionary sequence, dust-obscured quasars may represent the critical transition phase between starburst and unobscured quasars. With WISE All-Sky Survey data, a population of luminous dust-obscured quasars has been recently selected. We utilized the panchromatic emission of these hidden monsters to explore their physical properties, such as dust, gas, stars, morphology and environment etc. Our results are consistent with the prediction by the merger-driven evolutionary scenario.



The Astrophysics division is the main group engaged in astrophysical research at Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. Research areas include active galactic nuclei and high energy astrophysics, galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology and large scale structure, star clusters and the structure of the Milk Way, star formation, and planetary astrophysics. There are now 45 faculty members, 16 postdocs, and 65 graduate students in the division.

The Astrophysics division maintains close partnerships with many astronomical research institutes, including the joint Key laboratory of research in galaxies and cosmology of CAS with University of Science and Technology of China, the joint astrophysics center with Xiamen University. Members of the astrophysics division also participate in many international and domestic astronomical projects, including LAMOST, HXMT, FAST, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, TMT, LSST, etc.


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