Sep 7 – 9, 2021
Urbino/Palazzo Battiferri
Europe/Rome timezone

LISA and the origins of supermassive black holes

Sep 8, 2021, 3:15 PM
Urbino/Palazzo Battiferri

Urbino/Palazzo Battiferri

Via Aurelio Saffi, 42, 61029 Urbino PU


Prof. Monica Colpi


Massive black holes (MBHs) inhabit galactic centres, and power luminous quasars as those observed when the Universe was less than a billion of years old.
Their origins are a mystery, and the recent detection by LIGO/Virgo of a black hole of about 150 solar masses has revitalized the questions of as to whether there is
a continuum between ‘stellar’ and ‘massive’ black holes, and what the seeds of MBHs are. With LISA in synergy with third generation ground-based interferometers
as the Einstein Telescope we foresee the possibility of discovering avenues of their formation with observations deep into the distant Universe.
I will cover three main themes: the channels of black hole seed formation, the journey from seeds to MBHs, and the diagnostics on the origins in the realm of the
nascent gravitational wave astrophysics.

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