Clearing Myths about AGN Obscuration

Date: 
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm PDT
Speaker: 
Nancy Levenson
Affiliation: 
STScI
Location: 
N232, Room 103
Event Type: 
Colloquium

The central engine of an active galactic nucleus (AGN) is accretion onto a supermassive black hole. The surrounding dust and gas shape our view of the underlying energetic processes, often obscuring them, figuratively and literally. I will present a variety of recent results based largely on infrared observations of nearby AGN that clumpy or inhomogeneous surroundings explain well, while leaving open a number of specific questions about the role of AGN in feedback that governs galactic-scale evolution.

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