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Probing Strong Gravity by Black Holes Across the Range of Masses

Objective

Black holes provide a crucial link between Einstein’s theory of gravity and real cosmic objects which astronomers can observe and study in the Universe. This project is oriented towards legacy of the cornerstone XMM-Newton X-ray satellite mission of European Space Agency (ESA) in synergy with relevant data in other spectral domains that are covered by ground-based infrared and radio interferometric techniques at European Southern Observatory (ESO) and elsewhere. Information in different wavelengths will be gathered and explored in order to understand radiation processes in places of strong gravity, near black holes. We will address outstanding questions of determining the black hole spin, measuring the location of the accretion disc inner rim, and revealing connections between inflows and outflows in these objects. To this end we will analyze and interpret multi-wavelength spectral and fast timing information on accreting black holes in compact binaries, in cores of active galactic nuclei, as well as other galaxies exhibiting low level of activity due to intermittent supply of gas from the cosmic environment or by switching to a radiatively inefficient regime. We will include valuable data from archives and complement them by performing new observations where needed. Our main objective is to use and enhance computational tools that the participating groups have been developing over two decades, and to join our effort in a dedicated program of data analysis and science interpretation of the most bizarre cosmic objects. We will rely on unprecedented combination of sensitivity and energy resolution of current X-ray missions of ESA, together with wide spectral coverage by ground-based observatories in ESO and elsewhere. The developed techniques will be highly relevant in the context of new missions. We will make our tools available to the entire scientific community. The research team includes experts from 7 leading research institutes and universities.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/x-ray astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/infrared astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/black hole
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ASTRONOMICKY USTAV AV CR
Address
Fricova 298
25165 Ondrejov
Czechia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 352 352
Administrative Contact
Michal Dovciak (Dr.)

Participants (6)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 274 200
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gaelle Bujan (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 274 001
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rossella Mantini (Dr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 714
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 274 189
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 274 200
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Eckart (Prof.)
CENTRUM ASTRONOMICZNE IM. MIKOLAJAKOPERNIKA POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 266 664
Address
Bartycka, 18
00716 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bozena Czerny (Prof.)