Supermassive Black Holes
Fri 14 April 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
Supermassive black holes: how to feed them and what happens when you do
Supermassive black holes are present in the centres of practically all massive galaxies. Through most of their lives they have little impact on their surrounding galaxies. In rare cases, however, gas accretes onto the black hole, turning it into a so called active galactic nucleus. These objects can outshine entire galaxies. This talk will explain how gas is driven onto supermassive black holes to make them active and how an accreting black hole can impact its host galaxy.
Dr Carolin Villforth is a senior lecturer in the Astrophysics group at University of Bath.
Image credit: XMM-Newton, ESA, NASA