Hollywood meets Reality at Perimeter: Black Holes and all that

Please join us in the Bob Room at 3:00 pm on Friday, December 5th for a talk presented by Avery Broderick and John Moffat.

Cinematic black holes exhibit a surprising versatility, ranging from monsters in the dark to portals connecting far-off universes.  While not all of that is true, of course, Hollywood has only begun to probe the variety of phenomena made possible by General Relativity's most extreme predictions.  More importantly, we now stand at the precipice of precision black hole observations that promise to reveal the true nature of black holes in ways not even Hollywood has imagined.  In the next couple years the Event Horizon Telescope, the subject of the recent EHT2014 conference, will construct the first image of a black hole's horizon, silhouetted against its luminous surroundings, anticipating the birth of gravitational wave astronomy sometime in the coming decade.  We will describe just what a black hole is if Einstein is right, what it could be if Einstein is wrong, and how we are going about finding out.


Date: 05/12/2014 - 3:00 pm
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