AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 26 LSST
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[26.10] AGN Science with the LSST

W.N. Brandt, D.E. Vanden Berk, D.P. Schneider (PSU), R.F. Green (LBTO), P.S. Osmer (OSU)

The LSST, with its unprecedented combination of solid angle, photometric and astrometric accuracy, sensitivity, broad wavelength coverage, and time sampling, will provide a new window into the nature of AGNs. Well-defined, large (> 107 objects) samples of AGNs at 0 4 AGNs from brown dwarfs. The AGN dataset will allow investigation of AGN clustering over an unprecedented luminosity and redshift range. Comparison of LSST data with archival X-ray fields will be the first stage of followup for hundreds of thousands of X-ray AGNs, many of which may be heavily obscured. The time baseline, coupled with the large sample size, will produce a data set that can be used to address the physics of the AGN accretion process, including insights into the lifetime of AGNs; the LSST data should also record a number of tidal disruptions of stars by the central black holes of AGNs.

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