The Event Horizon Telescope

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Campus, PAB 232

Alexander Madurowicz

The Event Horizon Telescope is an International Collaboration which is attempting to resolve images of Sgr A* in our own Milky Way and the SMBH at the center of M87. The EHT hopes to not only provide the very first resolved images of a SMBH, but could provide a strenuous test for General Relativity in the extreme environments around such black hole. The EHT also hopes to gather data to test theories of accretion disks, as well as jet collimation. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of the Instrument design, the operating principle it uses, known as Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), as well as what we can expect to see, from simulations of General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics.