The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC, was inaugurated in 2003 as an independent laboratory of Stanford University to serve as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. KIPAC's members work in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments on the Stanford campus and at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Its mission is to bring the resources of modern computational, experimental, observational and theoretical science to bear on our understanding of the universe at large.


Research Highlights

Mar 20, 2020 | Confirming "direct collapse to black hole" events in the early Universe with future observations

The astrophysics community recently celebrated the first direct image of a supermassive black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope. We know that the black hole they studied, the one at the center of the galaxy Messier 87 (or M87) in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, is around six billion times as massive as our own sun, but how did it accumulate so much mass and, more generally, how and when did these massive black holes form?

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