Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science
I extend the empirical correlation between central supermassive black hole mass M and spiral arm pitch angle P in spiral galaxies to intermediate redshifts using a sample of 14 type 1 Seyfert galaxies. Nuclear black hole masses are measured from the widths and luminosities of the broad Hβ and MgII emission lines, and pitch angles are measured using two independent image analysis techniques. I find the best-fit relation log(M/M☉) = (8.31 ± 0.28) − (0.058 ± 0.016)P, which indicates little to no evolution compared to the published M-P relation for local spirals.
Jones, Logan H., "Extending the Supermassive Black Hole Mass-Pitch Angle Relation to Moderate Redshifts" (2016). Physics Undergraduate Honors Theses. 5.