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2004ApJ...604L..89H - Astrophys. J., 604, L89-L92 (2004/April-1)

On the black hole mass-bulge mass relation.


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(ref???)We have reexamined the relation between the mass of the central black holes in nearby galaxies, Mbh, and the stellar mass of the surrounding spheroid or bulge, Mbulge. For a total of 30 galaxies bulge masses were derived through Jeans equation modeling or adopted from dynamical models in the literature. In stellar mass-to-light ratios, the spheroids and bulges span a range of a factor of 8. The bulge masses were related to well-determined black hole masses taken from the literature. With these improved values for Mbh, compared to Magorrian et al., and our redetermination of Mbulge, we find that the Mbh-Mbulgerelation becomes very tight. We find Mbh∼M1.12±0.06bulge with an observed scatter of ≲0.30 dex, a fraction of which can be attributed to measurement errors. The scatter in this relation is therefore comparable to the scatter in the relations of Mbhwith σ and the stellar concentration. These results confirm and refine the work of Marconi & Hunt. For Mbulge∼5x1010 Mthe median black hole mass is 0.14%±0.04% of the bulge mass.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Bulges - Galaxies: Kinematics and Dynamics

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