O professor Reinhard Genzel, um dos três laureados pelo Prémio Nobel da Física 2020, dará uma “IST Distinguished Lecture” no próximo dia 16 de dezembro 2020, quarta-feira, às 16h, com transmissão ao vivo* através do YouTube (LINK).
• Orador: professor Reinhard Genzel (Diretor do MPE – Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, em Garching, Alemanha)
• Título: “Testing the Massive Black Hole Paradigm and General Relativity with Infrared Interferometry: A Forty-Year Journey.”
O recombinador GRAVITY de feixes infravermelhos NIR (700-1400 nm) permite imagens e polarimetria de banda K mili-arcsec com referência de fase (K ~ 19), astrometria de banda larga de 20-100 µs e espectro-astrometria diferencial de µs, com a combinação de 4 Unit Telescopes do Very Large Telescope do European Southern Observatory. O GRAVIDADE é uma revolução no estudo do enorme buraco negro no centro da nossa galáxia e de núcleos galácticos ativos. Após um breve resumo do Centro Galáctico da Via Láctea como um laboratório para astrofísica gravitacional, irei concentrar-me nos desenvolvimentos mais recentes.
- Breve bio.
Reinhard Genzel, born in Bad Homburg in 1952, is a German astrophysicist, co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a supermassive compact object in the center of our galaxy, which he shared with Andrea Ghez and Roger Penrose. Genzel works in infrared and submillimetric astronomy. He and his group are active in the development of terrestrial and space instruments for astronomy, which they used to track the movements of the stars in the center of the Milky Way, around Sagittarius A *, and show that they orbit a supermassive object like a black hole. Genzel also conducts studies on the formation and evolution of galaxies. He studied physics at the University of Bonn and received his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute of Radio Astronomy in 1978. He joined the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a Miller Fellow from 1980 to 1982 and became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. In 1986, he was appointed a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching near Munich. Since 1999, he is professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Reinhard Genzel received many awards, including the German Research Foundation’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award in 1990, the Balzan Award in 2003 for his work in infrared metrology, the Shaw Award in 2008 and the Crafoord Award in 2012.
- Moderador: professor Vítor Cardoso.
Esta palestra integra o programa das celebrações do 40.º aniversário do Departamento de Física.