University of Michigan Math and Science Scholars

Black Holes: Illuminating the Abyss

This course deals with astrophysical black holes, from stellar-mass objects arising from the death of massive stars, to super-massive black holes lurking at the center of galaxies. Far from being hypothetical constructs of theoretical physics, observations of the Universe over the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves, through optical, UV, X-rays and gamma rays have revealed that black holes are fascinating objects, some of which are surrounded by extremely bright disks of matter from which astronomers have learned about their remarkable properties. These “accretion disks” and their associated jets have led to discoveries about the structure and evolution of the Universe and show that black holes have had a remarkable influence on the Universe itself. The course will include an introduction to the basic physics and astronomy necessary to understand the advances that astrophysicists have made in our understanding of these strange and fascinating objects.

University of Michigan Math and Science Scholars
  
 Black Holes: Illuminating the Abyss