Bradley M. PetersonProfessor Emeritus of Astronomy
University Distinguished Scholar
The Ohio State University
Effective 8 August 2016:
B.Physics, University of Minnesota, 1974
I am a former member of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC) at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Peterson, B.M. 2011, "Masses of Black Holes in Active Galactic Nuclei: Implications for Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies", B.M. Peterson, in Proceedings of the Workshop on Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies and Their Place in the Universe, Proceedings of Science, PoS(NLS1)032 (2011). An invited talk at the NLS1 workshop in Milan, Italy, in 2011 April.
Peterson, B.M. 2010, "Toward Precision Measurement of Central Black Hole Masses'', B.M. Peterson, in Co-Evolution of Central Black Holes and Galaxies, ed. B.M. Peterson, R.S. Somerville, and T. Storchi-Bergmann (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 151-160 (2010). An invited talk presented at IAU Symposium 267 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2009 August.
Peterson, B.M. 2006, "The Broad-Line Region in Active
Galactic Nuclei", in Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei at All Scales,
Springer Lecture Notes in Physics Series, Vol. 693,
ed. Danielle Alloin, Rachel Johnson, and Paulina Lira,
PDF document (1.6MB).
This is a summary of a lecture given at the ESO Summer School in Santiago, Chile, 2003 December.
Peterson, B.M., Ferrarese, L., Gilbert, K.M., Kaspi, S., Malkan, M.A.
Maoz, D., Merritt, D., Netzer, H., Onken, C.A., Pogge, R.W.,
Vestergaard, M., and Wandel, A. 2004,
"Central Masses and Broad-Line Regions Sizes of Active
Galactic Nuclei. II. A Homogeneous Analysis of a Large
Astrophysical Journal, 613, 682
A complete reanalysis of most existing reverberation mapping data, yielding black hole masses for 35 AGNs.
Horne, K., Peterson, B.M., Collier, S.J., and Netzer, H. 2004.
"Observational Requirements for High-Fidelity Reverberation Mapping,"
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Available as astro-ph/0201182, or in a more convenient form, here in either PDF format (4.8Mb) or PostScript format (8.5Mb). In this paper, we present a series of simulations to demonstrate that high-fidelity velocity-delay maps of the emission-line regions in active galactic nuclei can be obtained from time-resolved spectrophotometric data sets like those that will arise from the proposed Kronos satellite.
Peterson, B.M., et al. (41 authors). 2002. "Steps Toward Determination of
the Size and Structure of the Broad-Line Region in Active Galactic
Nuclei. XVI. A Thirteen-Year Study of Spectra Variability
in NGC 5548",
Astrophysical Journal, 581, 197.
This is the sixteenth and final paper in the AGN Watch series.
Peterson, B.M. 2001.
"Variability of Active Galactic Nuclei", B.M. Peterson, in
Advanced Lectures on the Starburst-AGN
Connection, eds. I. Aretxaga, D. Kunth, & R. Mújica,
(Singapore: World Scientific), pp. 3-67.
This is also available as astro-ph/0109495, or here more conveniently in either tarred and gzipped PostScript format (3.1Mb) or as a PDF document (3.2Mb). This paper was prepared for an advanced summer school held in Tonantzintla, Mexico, in 2001 June. It is an introductory summary on AGN variability, including a detailed primer on reverberation mapping of AGNs.
Peterson, B.M. 1997. An Introduction to Active Galactic Nuclei.
Cambridge University Press.
This is a graduate-level textbook. You can have a look at it at Level 5 on NED
Netzer, H, and Peterson, B.M. 1997. "Reverberation Mapping and
the Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei," in Astronomical
Time Series, ed. D. Maoz, A. Sternberg, and E.M. Liebowitz
(Dordrecht: Kluwer), p. 85
This is an invited review presented at the Astronomical Time Series meeting at Tel-Aviv University in 1997 January.
Peterson, B.M. 1997, ``Emission Lines in Active Galaxies: Outlook
for the Future'', in Emission Lines in Active Galaxies: New
Methods and Techniques, ed. B.M. Peterson, F.-Z. Cheng,
and A. Wilson, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference
Series, Vol. 113, p. 489.
This is a summary talk from IAU Colloquium 159, held in Shanghai, The People's Republic of China, in 1996 June.
Peterson, B.M. 1994. ``An Overview of Reverberation Mapping: Progress and
Problems'', in Reverberation Mapping of the Broad-Line Region in Active
Galactic Nuclei, eds. P.M. Gondhalekar, K. Horne, and B.M. Peterson,
Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 69, p. 1.
This is an introductory review, presented at the RAL Conference on Reverberation Mapping, in Abingdon, England, 1994 June.
Peterson, B.M. 1993. ``Reverberation Mapping of Active Galactic
Nuclei'', Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific,
This is an invited review paper that summarizes what was known about reverberation mapping following the first AGN Watch monitoring project on NGC 5548.
Updated: June 2015/