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Physics: Dr. Y. Levin: Making a supermassive black hole


20 September 2007 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Physics: Dr. Y. Levin
Affiliation: University of Leiden
Title: Making a supermassive black hole
Date: 20-09-2007
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


Supermassive black holes (SMBH) weigh millions to billions times
as much as the Sun. They reside in the centers of most galaxies,
including our own. Astronomers believe that the SMBHs started their lives with much smaller masses, and have subsequently grown by  accreting gas from the host galaxy, and merging with other massive black holes. Theory predicts that these 2 processes should lead to
(a) formation of stars and (b) production of gravitational waves, both
near SMBHs. In this lecture, I will discuss the theory  of, and the current and future observational programs for these 2 astrophysical processes.

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