Supermassive Black Holes: Impact on Galaxy Formation and Evolution

报告人: 何子山 (北京大学)

报告时间: 2016年3月24日 16:00

报告地点: 理科楼郑裕彤大讲堂

     摘要:Supermassive black holes, weighing between millions to billions times the mass of the Sun, are believed to power quasars and other energetic activity in the centers of galaxies.  With the help of advanced telescopes from the ground and in space, operating across the electromagnetic spectrum, astronomers have now discovered that supermassive black holes not only exist, but that they are very common and play a critical role in the formation and evolution of galaxies in the Universe.  A class of intermediate-mass black holes has also been found.  These "seeds" help us understand the formation and growth of supermassive black holes and the origin of quasars in the early Universe.  Mergers of seed black holes will provide an important source of gravitational wave radiation that can be detected with upcoming experiments.  I describe these recent discoveries, which are among the most important developments in astronomy and astrophysics during the past 15 years.  I will emphasize the unique opportunities for the Chinese community.

     个人简介: Astrophysicist Luis C. Ho is an expert on supermassive black holes,  their connection to galaxy formation and evolution, and the physics of quasars and accretion processes in galactic nuclei.  His research appears in over 500 publications.  Educated at Harvard University and UC Berkeley, he was a Staff Astronomer at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science from 1998 to 2014, before moving to Peking University in China, where he is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and University Chair Professor.  He is actively involved in the development of astronomy throughout China and East Asia.