Speaker: Heino Falcke
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Title: Imaging Black Holes
Abstract: One of the most fundamental predictions of general relativity are black holes. Their defining feature is the event horizon, the surface that even light cannot escape. So far, we have never seen the event horizon, but this is about to change. Advanced computer simulations make clear predictions of how the shadow of black holes should look like and global interferometric radio observations
with the Event Horizon Telescope are now trying to image the supermassive black hole in the center of our own Milky Way and the radio galaxy M87 for the very first time. The talk will give an overview of the ongoing research in this area.