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SimBAL: Spectral Synthesis Analysis of Broad Absorption Line Quasars

Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Karen Leighly (University of Oklahoma)
A significant fraction of quasars exhibit blueshifted broad
absorption lines (BALs) in their rest-UV spectra, indicating powerful
outflows emerging from the central engine. Despite more than 50 years
of study, the physical conditions of the outflowing gas are poorly
understood.  Our group has developed SimBAL, a novel spectral
synthesis fitting method for BAL quasar spectra that uses Bayesian
model calibration to compare synthetic to observed spectra. I will
describe the construction of SimBAL, and illustrate its unique
strengths by discussing the results from several projects.
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