SMA Research: Imaging Black Hole Silhouette of M87

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"An image of a Radiatively Inefficient Accretion Flow (RIAF) around a non-spinning (Schwarzschild) black hole viewed from an inclination of 10° . To show the extreme lensing, the coordinate grid in the equatorial plane are shown by the green grid (radius and azimuthal angle). Note how the strong lensing around the black hole bends the back of the disk up and into view." (A high resolution image available here and an article avaliable from Avi Loeb.) For more information refer to Testing General Relativity with High=Resolution Imaging of Sgr A*

(View a PDF version of Portrait of a Black Hole published in the Scientific American magazine December 2009 issue.)

Science Publications

  • Broderick, A. E., and Loeb, A.,Testing General Relativity with High-Resolution Imaging of Sgr A*, 2006, Journal of Physics (ADS)
  • Broderick, A. E., and Loeb, A.,Imaging the Black Hole Silhouette of M87: Implications for Jet Formation and Black Hole Spin, 2009, ApJ (ADS)
  • Broderick, A. E., and Loeb, A.,Imaging bright-spots in the accretion flow near the black hole horizon of Sgr A*, 2005, MNRAS (ADS)