Imaging black holes: accretion physics at the event horizon

Speaker Name/Affiliation
Jason Dexter / JILA & Dept. of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
Seminar Type Other
Joint Physics Department and JILA Colloquium
Location (Room)
JILA Auditorium
Event Details & Abstracts

In the past few years, it has become possible to image black holes. Long baseline interferometry experiments operating at millimeter and near-infrared wavelengths can now achieve event horizon scale angular resolution with sufficient sensitivity to detect synchrotron radiation from hot plasma near the Galactic center black hole, Sgr A*, and the supermassive black hole in M87. I will discuss major results from each experiment, and focus on our group's work using the data to study accretion physics and particle acceleration in the immediate vicinity of an event horizon.


Coffee, tea and cookies will be available in G1B31 (across from G1B20) from 3:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Physics Colloquia are held Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the JILA Auditorium.