The Astronomical Society of Greenwich and Greenwich Library are pleased to have Dr. Chuck Hailey, Pupin Professor of Physics; Co-Director, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory, Columbia University speak about his research, “Probing the Black Hole Population of the Galactic Center with X-rays.”
The talk is Sunday, Sept 23 at 3:30pm at the Cole Auditorium in Greenwich Library.
The Galactic Center is predicted to contain enormous numbers of dead stellar remnants such as black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs. Dr. Chuck Hailey will summarize what a variety of X-ray observatories, staring at the Galactic Center for long periods of time, have learned about these populations.
In particular he will address a great mystery; while the Galactic Center is theoretically expected to contain about 10,000 or more black holes, there has been virtually no sign of them. But evidence for such a population has recently been revealed through X-ray observations. Dr. Hailey will discuss the discovery and its implications for future studies of galactic stellar dynamics and gravitational wave radiation.