The Chandra X-ray Observatory's recent press release, "Black Holes Raze Thousands of Stars to Fuel Growth," highlighted a new discovery on how some black holes grow by demolishing nearby clusters of stars on a massive scale. As described on their web site, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a telescope specially designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes.
The lead author of the new study that examined this phenomenon, Dr. Vivienne Baldassare, did her graduate studies at U-M under Prof. Elena Gallo's supervision, and received her PhD in 2017. In 2021 she joined the faculty at Washington State University. U-M alum Dr. Adi Foord, '20 is also an author on the paper. The study entitled, Massive black hole formation in dense stellar environments: Enhanced X-ray detection rates in high velocity dispersion nuclear star clusters, was accepted in The Astrophysical Journal.