Black Hole Accretion Flows

Two nearby, slowly accreting
black holes have angular size large enough to be resolved by submillimeter wavelength interferometry.  This motivated our development of ab initio

dynamical and radiative models of the plasma surrounding the event horizon.  I will describe the state of the art in these models, and in particular what is known about tilted disks, in which the black hole spin angular momentum is misaligned with the orbital angular momentum of the accreting plasma.

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Jeudi, Novembre 29, 2012 - 13:00 to 14:30
The Space Room (400)