Speaker: Prof. Tom Jones (Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics)
Topic: Active Galactic Nuclei in the 21st Century
“The fact that the nuclei of some galaxies can outshine the entire remaining galaxy and expel huge amounts of kinetic energy has been recognized since the 1960s; That the engines for these behaviors are “supermassive black holes”, sometimes exceeding a billion times the mass of our sun, has been recognized since the 1970s. How these massive monsters get fed and exactly what makes them behave the way they do remains a serious challenge to understand even towards the end of the second decade of the 21st Century. In this talk I will outline the basic picture as we understand it and touch on some of the key still-unsolved puzzles.”
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