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When Galaxies Collide, What Happens to their Supermassive Black Holes?

This event is sponsored by the Georgia Tech School of Physics as part of their "Inquiring Minds @ Tech" Public Lecture Series and will be hosted by Ed Greco. There are no social activities yet planned for this meetup.

Consult this Google map for nearby parking options. The talk will be in room 144.

When Galaxies Collide, What Happens to their Supermassive Black Holes?
Tamara Bogdanovic, Assistant Professor
School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Galaxy collisions and mergers are a common consequence of the structure formation in the universe. We know that they happen because we see a number of beautiful examples on the sky through the "eyes" of many astronomical observatories. It is also thought that almost every galaxy (including our own, the Milky Way) harbors a supermassive black hole at its center. Georgia Tech astrophysicist, Tamara Bogdanovic, will discuss the "knowns" and "unknowns" in the evolution of supermassive black hole pairs that form in collisions of their host galaxies and end their cosmic journey when the two blackholes merge due to the emission of gravitational waves.

Photo: Tamara Bogdanovic (Georgia Tech)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The talk was just unbelievable. Mind blown.

    November 17, 2012

    • Marc M.

      Gail, They typically record the talks. I'll let you know when I see it posted. - Marc

      November 18, 2012

    • Gail S.

      thank you so much, Marc. we hope to attend in the future now that our son is old enough to enjoy them!

      November 19, 2012

  • Arthur L.

    Top-notch young scientist, actively involved and well-informed in a big field, to say the least, without any slant in her presentation — pure science. (it's difficult to involve politics in black holes and galaxies, except perhaps for funding. There had been a gratuitous push for nuclear energy in a former energy speaker.) Clear presentation, attractively presented; clear graphics without undue complexity even for a lay person. There was an elegant science beauty to this talk.
    Even, unexpectedly, a good humored start re pro basketball. She answered questions straight-forwardly (and well) and didn't hesitate to say, as only the best do, "I don't know", or "this isn't yet determined".

    November 17, 2012

  • Jean S.

    Sorry, I couldn't find a place to park. Where do you usually park? Are you going to have the next meeting at the same place?

    November 17, 2012

  • Howard N.

    Hold on, I'm on campus, it'game day. Regular lot is unavailable, all other campus parking is flat $20 or more!

    November 17, 2012

    • Gail S.

      thank you for letting us know...I think we'll skip the event!

      November 17, 2012

  • Monosij D.

    It hurts me to think about this, but I would like to know!

    November 15, 2012

  • Amirah H.

    i'm excited about this :-)

    November 11, 2012

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