Black holes as magnetic jet engines: ERC supports Bonn astrophysicists to explain the phenomenon

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Black holes as magnetic jet engines: ERC supports Bonn astrophysicists to explain the phenomenon

Super-massive black holes are found at the centers of many galaxies. But all efforts to detect these mysterious objects directly suffer from the fact that no information from their interior can reach us directly.

Now, astrophysicist Professor Anton Zensus, director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn and founding chairman of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration (EHT), has proposed an independent method to filter out those explanations from the existing ones that are viable. At the same time, this method may succeed in explaining the high-energy plasma outflows ejected by many black holes.

The European Research Council (ERC) is funding this concept with an ERC Advanced Grant for cutting-edge research in Europe worth 2.5 million euros.

Read more here.

Image ©Compilation: Eduardo Ros (EHT Collaboration 2021; Nakamura 2020; Tchekhovskoy 2015)

 

 

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