Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves - KIPAC Public Lecture


Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves

KIPAC Public Lecture

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7:30 - 9:00

Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves

The inaugural KIPAC Public Lecture will be given by Prof. Roger Blandford On Wednesday, November 15 2017.

Black holes and neutron stars, some of the most extreme objects in the Universe, were hypothesized in the first half of the twentieth century and were discovered and observed in the second half. Astronomers are embarking on a new voyage of discovery that is being led by the recent detection of gravitational radiation and the observation of massive black holes using radio telescopes.

Discover what we know and what we hope to learn from these fascinating astronomical objects.


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About the Speaker

Roger Blandford is the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. A renowned theoretical physicist and specialist in black holes, white dwarfs, gamma ray bursts, gravitational lensing and the evolution of the Universe. He is best known for his seminal work on black holes, establishing the Blandford-Znajek Process, explaining how energy can be extracted from a rotating black hole, producing jets of plasma that travel near light speed.

Blandford taught physics and astronomy at Caltech for more than 25 years before coming to Stanford University in 2003 as the inaugural director of KIPAC. He received his BA, MA and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. Among his notable recognitions, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2010, Blandford chaired the National Academies' Decadal Survey in Astronomy & Astrophysics and in 2016 he shared in the Crafoord Prize for Astronomy.

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Panofsky Auditorium

2575 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

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