IPMU Colloquium

Speaker: Scott Tremaine (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Title: Supermassive Black Holes and Galaxies
Date (JST): Wed, Nov 02, 2011, 15:30 - 17:00
Place: Lecture Hall
Related File: 517.pdf
Abstract: Massive black holes found at the centers of most nearby galaxies, including our own, and are believed to be the ashes of quasars that shone early in the history of the universe. I will briefly review some of the astronomical evidence for these objects and describe some of the exotic dynamical phenomena that originate in their vicinity, including hypervelocity stars, resonant relaxation, the peculiar features of thermodynamic equilibria, phase transitions, and warped and lopsided stellar disks.