Ever wonder what goes on at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory? Here is your chance to find out! Every other month, SLAC opens its doors to the local community for a series of evening lectures highlighting the cutting-edge science underway at the laboratory. Past lectures have featured diamonds, dark energy, the making of molecular movies, and the hunt for the Higgs.
Black holes do not spend their lives alone in empty space. It is now known that at the center of almost every galaxy there is an enormous black hole, with a mass billions of times the mass of the sun. This black hole pulls in and sweeps away gas from the center of the galaxy. This coupling of the black hole and the galaxy causes the pair to evolve hand in hand. In the right circumstances it liberates huge amounts of energy, giving rise to the brightest objects in the universe. In this lecture, SLAC astrophysicist Silvia Bonoli will describe the torrid relationship of black holes and galaxies as each shapes the life of the other.
Silvia Bonoli received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich before moving to the University of Zurich to conduct post-doctorate research on modeling the origins of supermassive black holes. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Bologna. Silvia joined Stanford University in September 2012 to work on connecting her theoretical studies with data from large galaxy surveys. She will soon be moving to Spain to work at the Centro de Estudios de FiÂsica del Cosmos de Aragon (CEFCA).