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REVERBERATION MAPPING OF ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI

B.M. Peterson 1 and K. Horne 2


1 Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University, 140 West 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA
2 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9SS, Scotland


Abstract. Reverberation mapping is a proven technique that is used to measure the size of the broad emission-line region and central black hole mass in active galactic nuclei. More ambitious reverberation mapping programs that are well within the capabilities of Hubble Space Telescope could allow us to determine the nature and flow of line-emitting gas in active nuclei and to assess accurately the systematic uncertainties in reverberation-based black hole mass measurements.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: THE INNER STRUCTURE OF AGNs

REVERBERATION MAPPING BASICS

REVERBERATION RESULTS

THE FUTURE: WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO MAP THE BROAD-LINE REGION?

SUMMARY

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