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Sigma Pi Sigma Colloquium

Friday, May 3, 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
GW-38

Dr. Ryan C. Hickox, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

Black Holes Near and Far: Environments and Evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei

Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) are ubiquitous in the centers of galaxies, and astronomers have now spectacularly obtained the first image of one in the nearby galaxy M87. Yet SMBHs are not just fascinating objects in their own right; they also have a key role to play in the cosmic evolution of their host galaxies and large-scale structures, as they grow and radiate energy in the form of active galactic nuclei (AGN). I will give an overview of recent breakthroughs in our understanding of AGN, exploring the smallest scales around the SMBH to the huge surrounding dark matter halos, and tracing the growth of SMBHs from the early Universe to the present epoch. I will conclude with a look forward at exciting prospects in AGN science with upcoming and proposed future observatories.

Coffee will be served prior to the talk, at 3:00 p.m., In Room GW-103

Contact:

Prof. Tom Blum

Physics Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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