Radio Power from Direct-Collapse Black Holes

Daniel J. Whalen*, Mar Mezcua, Samuel J. Patrick, Avery Meiksin, Muhammad A. Latif

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Abstract

Direct-collapse black holes (DCBHs) forming at z ~ 20 are currently the leading candidates for the seeds of the first quasars, over 200 of which have now been found at z > 6. Recent studies suggest that DCBHs could be detected in the near infrared by the James Webb Space Telescope, Euclid, and the Roman Space Telescope. However, new radio telescopes with unprecedented sensitivities such as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) and the Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) may open another window on the properties of DCBHs in the coming decade. Here we estimate the radio flux from DCBHs at birth at z = 8 - 20 with several fundamental planes of black hole accretion. We find that they could be detected at z ~ 8 by the SKA-FIN all-sky survey. Furthermore, SKA and ngVLA could discover 106 - 107 Mo BHs out to z ~ 20, probing the formation pathways of the first quasars in the Universe.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL39
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume922
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

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