CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2009
 19 February 2009

19 February 2009

Speaker: Sebastian Heinz (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Title:"Black hole exhaust: An environmental impact study of microquasars"

Abstract: "We have known about the large scale impact of jets from supermassive black holes for decades and have successfully used knowledge gained from the kpc scale radio structures they inflate to study black hole growth and jet formation. In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that stellar mass black holes in X-ray binaries do exactly the same tricks their supermassive cousins do: They produce powerful jets that interact with the ISM, inflating bubbles, producing shocks, and leaving behind cosmic ray laced, magnetized exhaust. I will discuss how we can use this exhaust to constrain important aspects of accretion and jet physics."

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