The 'Black Hole Universe' network will study black holes and their role in the universe, from the collapsed remnants of stars to their giant cousins (up to billions of times heavier than our sun) that lurk in the centres of galaxies.
Although most people think of black holes as very exotic objects, their activity can significantly influence their non-immediate environments, such as preventing the formation of stars and solar systems in their surrounding galaxies. By using observatories all over the world as well as satellites orbiting the Earth, the astronomers of the network will study these effects, and the many faces of black holes as they evolve in time.
'Black Hole Universe' will link the University of Southampton with the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany, the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, INAF/Brera Observatory and the University of Cagliari in Italy, Sabanci University in Turkey, CEA Saclay in France, and several other associated institutes via the cooperative training of a new generation of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in astrophysics and space industry science.
Dr Phil Uttley, of the University's School of Physics and Astronomy and Southampton coordinator for Black Hole Universe, comments: "We are very excited to be participating in this prestigious international network, not only because of the opportunity for interesting new discoveries about black holes, but also because it represents a great opportunity to train the next generation of space scientists in a stimulating environment with good industry contacts."
The project is being coordinated by Professor Jörn Wilms at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg and Dr Sera Markoff at the University of Amsterdam. "We are extremely pleased to have an opportunity like this, and our Network will firmly establish Europe as a major centre of black hole studies," according to Professor Wilms. "Within the next four years, we expect to solve many of the nagging questions about black hole activity, such as how they feed themselves, and how they manage to eject huge plumes of gas to enormous distances at nearly the speed of light."
Glenn Harris | alfa
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