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Astronomy Colloquium:

Distinguished Alumna Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Associate Professor of Astrophysics at Vanderbilt University
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:40-4:30 PM
411 West Hall Map
Supermassive Black Holes as Revealed by LISA: How Gravitational Wave Astronomy Will be a Game Changer”

Astronomers now know that supermassive black holes are in nearly every galaxy.
Though these black holes are an observational certainty, nearly every aspect of their evolution -- from their birth, to their fuel source, to their basic dynamics -- is a matter of lively debate. Fortunately, LISA, a space-based gravitational wave observatory set to launch in 2034, will revolutionize this field by providing data that is complementary to electromagnetic observations as well as data in regimes that are electromagnetically dark. This talk will touch on our current understanding of how SMBHs form, evolve, and alter their galaxy host, and will outline the theoretical, computational and observational work needed to make the most of LISA observations.
Building: West Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Astronomy, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, Physics, Science
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Astronomy, Department of Physics, Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics