By the end of this year, the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES) will have collected 6 years of data with the Dark Energy Camera in Chile and the AAOmega spectrograph in Australia. With only
part of the data analysed, we have already been able to obtain the time lags of active galactic nuclei (AGN). The time lag is directly related to the mass of the supermassive black hole that powers the AGN. In this project, we’d like to explore the suitability of using the SkyMapper telescope to extend the program beyond 6 years and until the time the Large Synoptic Survey starts operations in the early 2020s. By extending the duration of the survey, we’ll be able to measure the masses of the most massive black holes at the highest redshifts.
For further details on this project, please contact the supervisors.