Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope

Speaker: Katie Bouman

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Public: Yes

Location: 32-123

Event Type: Seminar

Room Description: 32-123

Host: Bill Freeman, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Xiuming Zhang, xiuming at mit dot edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope

Abstract: This talk will present the methods and procedures used to produce the first results from the Event Horizon Telescope. It is theorized that a black hole will leave a "shadow" on a background of hot gas. Taking a picture of this black hole shadow could help to address a number of important scientific questions, both on the nature of black holes and the validity of general relativity. Unfortunately, due to its small size, traditional imaging approaches require an Earth-sized radio telescope. In this talk, I discuss techniques we have developed to photograph a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes scattered across the globe. Imaging a black hole’s structure with this computational telescope requires us to reconstruct images from sparse measurements, heavily corrupted by atmospheric error.


Research Areas:
AI & Machine Learning, Graphics & Vision

Impact Areas:
Big Data

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Created by Xiuming Zhang Email at Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:06 PM.