HET Seminar | Alex Lupsasca, Princeton Gravity Initiative | "The Black Hole Photon Ring" | via Zoom

Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 1:45 pm
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Abstract: The photon ring is a narrow ring-shaped feature, predicted by GR but not yet observed, that appears on images of sources near a black hole. It is caused by extreme bending of light within a few Schwarzschild radii of the event horizon and provides a direct probe of the unstable bound photon orbits of the Kerr geometry. I will review the origin and structure of the photon ring, before discussing the prospects for its future detection. I will argue that the precise shape of the observable photon ring is remarkably insensitive to the astronomical source profile and can therefore be used as a stringent test of GR. A space-based interferometry experiment targeting the photon ring of M87* could test the Kerr nature of the source to the sub-sub-percent level.