Journal article

Black Hole Mass Estimation: How Good is the Virial Estimate?

Suk Yee Yong, Rachel L Webster, Anthea L King

PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

Black hole mass is a key factor in determining how a black hole interacts with its environment. However, the determination of black hole masses at high redshifts depends on secondary mass estimators, which are based on empirical relationships and broad approximations. A dynamical disk wind broad line region model (BLR) of active galactic nuclei is built in order to test the impact of different BLR geometries and inclination angles on the black hole mass estimation. Monte Carlo simulations of two disk wind models are constructed to recover the virial scale factor, f, at various inclination angles. The resulting f values strongly correlate with inclination angle, with large f values associated..

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