S319p.08 — Probing AGN Structure on Microarcsecond Scales: The Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Program

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Aug 10th at 6:00 PM until 6:00 PM




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Author(s): Gisella De Rosa1

Institution(s): 1. Ohio State University

The unknown dynamics of the broad line region (BLR) gas represents a serious gap in our understanding of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and, consequently, of the black-hole/host-galaxy co-evolution. By using time resolution as a substitute for spatial resolution, reverberation mapping (RM) is the only technique that allows us to infer both the geometry and the kinematics of the BLR gas, shading light on the BLR role on accretion/feedback processes. In 2014, the AGN STORM team used HST/COS for a RM program for which we obtained 170 UV spectra of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 5548 at a near daily cadence. These data and contemporaneous observations with Swift and ground-based telescopes make this the most intensive RM program ever undertaken. I will report first results of this unique RM experiment.