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Multiwavelength Studies of Galactic Black Holes

Objective

Black holes are some of the most exotic astronomical objects in the universe, and are accordingly the focus of much speculation and study. By definition invisible, they are only detectable when interacting with their environment, either by bending surrounding light or gravitationally capturing enough matter to power other processes whose radiation we can detect. Depending on the spin of the black hole (BH), its mass-to-energy conversion efficiency can be over 50 times higher than that of nuclear fusion. The gravitational energy liberated via this accretion process powers many phenomena around BHs and significantly impacts the surrounding regions. Because many of these phenomena involve complicated geometries, high-energy electromagnetic fields and strong gravity, they are still not well understood. By observing and modeling the radiation originating from the more extreme regions of BHs and their associated structures in our Galaxy, the planned ITN network intends to reconstruct a more complete picture of the complex physics involved in the accretion process through observations from the radio band to the X-rays and through theoretical work. Training on these subjects will be provided through summer schools on multi-wavelength astronomical techniques and on black hole astrophysics and through dedicated PhD projects.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/nuclear physics/nuclear fusion

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)
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Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 590 117,60
Administrative Contact
Jörn Wilms (Prof.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 426 795,58
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lidewijde Stolte (Ms.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 355 970,98
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Pareschi (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 197 853,68
Address
Via Universita 40
09124 Cagliari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luciano Burderi (Prof.)
SABANCI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 123 444,20
Address
Universite Caddesi N 27, Orta Mahalle
34956 Tuzla Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nilay U. Papila (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 434 480,18
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Judas (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 438 860,38
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Bruning (Ms.)