Astronomy seminar: "Accretion in the Shadow of M87"

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:00 - 15:00
Joey Neilsen (Villanova University)

With the Event Horizon Telescope’s groundbreaking detection of the shadow of the supermassive black hole in M87, we have entered a new era of black hole astrophysics. After presenting the first results from the EHT, I will give a high-energy astrophysicist’s view of what comes next. Looking to the future, I will focus on how coordinated EHT/X-ray observations can help us address lingering open questions about accretion onto black holes, including how they accelerate particles to high energies and, possibly, the physics of variability around our own supermassive black hole, Sgr A*.

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A2