It is now possible to image black holes with event horizon scale resolution, providing a new means of studying the physics of gas accretion and jet launching. I will show that the data can be used to study magnetic fields near the event horizon, which are thought to play a vital role in the accretion and jet launching processes, and argue that the magnetic fields near Sgr A* and M87 are dynamically important. I will further discuss numerical simulations of black hole accretion with radiative cooling, including their predictions for high energy flares and for the broadband spectra of higher luminosity systems.
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Meeting ID: 858 1199 4621
The colloquium is held in Feynman Lecture Hall, 201 E. Bridge.
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