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Department of Physics


Astronomy Seminar Ramesh Narayan (Harvard): Measuring Black Hole Spin

1st December 2010, 16:30 to 17:30, OC 218

 An astrophysical black hole is completely described with just two parameters: its mass and its dimensionless spin. A few dozen black holes have mass estimates, but until recently none had a reliable spin estimate. The first spins have now been measured for black holes in X-ray binaries. The talk will describe the method used to make these measurements and will discuss implications of the results obtained so far.

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