University of Waterloo

Massive Black Holes Revealed by Multiwavelength Observatories

Prof. Bryan McNamara, Department of Physics & Astronomy

May 13, 2022, 11:30am EC4-2101A

Black holes with masses between one million and ten billion times the Sun’s mass lurk in the nuclei of galaxies, including the Milky Way. My research over the past two decades has examined the impact of energy released by nuclear black holes on their host galaxies.  We have found that this energy regulates the growth of both the host galaxy and the nuclear black hole through a self-regulating feedback process.  I will use this science as context to describe some of the telescope and detector systems used to make this discovery.