PCTS: Polarized Radiation from Supermassive Black Holes

  • May 10, 2021
  • May 11, 2021
  • May 12, 2021
  • May 13, 2021
Event Description

Required, but free registration is now open on line at: http://pcts.princeton.edu/programs/current/polarized-radiation-near-supermassive-black-holes/141

Emission from astrophysical black hole sources is sensitive to the spacetime and plasma properties in these regions. In particular, images of the polarized emission around the supermassive black holes Sagittarius A* and M87* captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) will add significant information to existing images in total intensity. Polarized images will be powerful tools for constraining the near-horizon magnetic field structure, probing plasma composition and dynamics, and testing General Relativity near supermassive black holes. This workshop will bring together experts in accretion physics, relativity, and plasma physics in an attempt to share information across disciplines and develop new ideas for understanding the environment just outside the black hole event horizon using polarized light.