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Black Holes and Naked Singularities

April 4, 2018 @ 4:30 pm


Speaker: Ramesh Narayan, Department of Astronomy, Harvard University

Title: Black Holes and Naked Singularities

Abstract: Black Hole solutions in General Relativity contain Event Horizons and Singularities. Astrophysicists have discovered two populations of black hole candidates in the Universe: stellar-mass objects with masses in the range 5 to 30 solar masses, and supermassive objects with masses in the range million to several billion solar masses. There is considerable evidence that these objects have Event Horizons. It thus appears that astronomical black hole candidates are true Black Holes. Direct evidence for Singularities is much harder to obtain since, at least in the case of Black Holes, the Singularities are hidden inside the Event Horizon. However, General Relativity also permits Naked Singularities which are visible to external observers. Toy Naked Singularity models have been constructed, and some observational features of accretion flows in these spacetimes have been worked out.


April 4, 2018
4:30 pm
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