The first image of a black hole. Public Lecture by Luciano Rezzolla

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Appleton Tower, The University of Edinburgh

11 Crichton Street

Edinburgh

EH8 9LE

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description

I will discuss how the first image of a black hole was recently obtained by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration. In particular, I will describe how modelling the dynamics of the plasma accreting onto the black hole with super-computers using millions of compute hours was essential to generate synthetic black-hole images. I will also illustrate how the comparison between the theoretical images and the observations has allowed us to deduce the presence of a black hole in the nearby galaxy M87 and to extract information about its properties. Finally, I will describe the lessons we have learned about gravity in extreme conditions (the strong-field limit) and alternatives to black holes

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Appleton Tower, The University of Edinburgh

11 Crichton Street

Edinburgh

EH8 9LE

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved