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Perimeter Institute Public Lectures Avery Broderick Staring into the Abyss

11/6/2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perimeter Institute brings great thinkers from around the world to Canada to share their ideas on a wide variety of interesting and topical subjects. Each event is tailored for the general public and everyone is welcome to attend. No mathematical or scientific knowledge is necessary or assumed.





Nearly a century after their discovery, black holes remain one of the most striking, and problematic, predictions of general relativity. Even more unsettling is the fact that they actually appear to exist! With only a handful of exceptions, every galaxy contains a supermassive behemoth, millions to billions times as massive as the sun, at their center. These supermassive black holes are hardly incidental, they gravitationally power enormous outflows that rule the fates of their hosts. Despite the critical role they play in our understanding of gravity and impact upon the visible universe, actually testing their nature has remained beyond our reach -- until now. Dr. Broderick will describe how astronomers are currently constructing (and operating) facilities that will image the horizons of black holes, and what we can already say about these enigmatic monsters in the dark.

Dr. Broderick completed his PhD at Caltech in 2004, under the supervision of Prof. Roger Blandford. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2004-2007, and then a Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) from 2007-2011.

Dr. Broderick has broad interests in astrophysics, ranging from how stars form to the extreme physics in the vicinity of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. He has recently been part of an international effort to produce and interpret horizon-resolving images of a handful of supermassive black holes. With these, Dr. Broderick and his collaborators study how black holes accrete matter, launch the ultra-relativistic outflows observed, and probe the nature of gravity in their vicinity.


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