Black holes are now known to be abundant in the universe. Recently, merging binary black holes have been detected through their emission of gravitational waves by the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detectors. With the recent announcement that three black hole researchers have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their research in this area, this topic is top of mind for many science fans.
Co-sponsored with The Astronomical Society of Greenwich, Dr. Andrew MacFadyen from the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University, will discuss these black hole mergers and their supermassive cousins, with masses of billions of suns, and show supercomputer simulations of their interaction with surrounding interstellar gas.
These supermassive black hole binary mergers may soon be detected by studying pulsars in our galaxy and by future space missions such as LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna). These discoveries are transforming astronomy and ushering in a new age of gravitational wave astronomy with many more exciting discoveries expected in the future.
Dr. MacFadyen has spoken at over 90 international conferences and has published over 70 research articles. He has held research appointments at Harvard, California Institute of Technology, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. He received his B.A. in Astrophysics from Columbia University and his Ph. D. in Astrophysics from the University of California.