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How the monsters were made: the formation of the most massive black holes in the Universe

Project description

Discovering the secrets of super-massive black hole formation

Some extreme galaxies in the universe could build super-massive black holes (SMBHs) whose masses exceed 100 million solar masses within the first few billion years of cosmic history. Scientists are trying to discover how these individual extreme SMBHs formed so quickly as well as the accretion history of the wider SMBH population in the early universe. To help answer these questions, the EU-funded HIZRAD project intends to build a sample of radio selected active galactic nuclei in the early universe that reaches new areas of parameter space and is over 100 times larger than current samples. These data sets will result in the first robust measurements of the accretion and mass history of SMBHs in the early universe.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00