Thursday, February 4, 2010
A Brief Introduction to Black Holes
Dept. of Physics, California State University, Fresno
An introduction is given to black holes from their first introduction in the 18th century down to the present. The modern understanding of black holes as the end product of the collapse of supermassive stars begins with the discovery of the Schwarzschild solution to Einstein's gravitational field equations by Karl Schwarzschild working in the trenches of World War I. Recent observational evidence indicates that black holes really exist and probably are at the heart of many galaxies including our own. Finally there has been recent speculation that one might be able to create micro black holes at high energy colliders such as the Large Hadron Collider.
Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
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