Black Holes: evidence, evolution and future prospects
Monday April 17 - Thursday April 20 2000
 

Workshop in connection with the 2000 Oort professor
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel (MPE-Garching)

The evidence for the existence of black holes, both stellar and in galactic nuclei, has grown very considerably over the past few years. Black holes are no more just a plausible explanation for a number of phenomena but are beginning to become subjects of detailed experimental studies. The workshop is intended to bring together active researchers of the field, both observational and theoretical, to assess the evidence, to discuss possible alternatives to the black hole paradigm, to understand how black holes fit into cosmic evolution, and to map out where the most important future measurements and tests might lie.
 
 

Program
Black Holes: evidence, evolution and future prospects

Monday April 17

8:30 - 9:15        Registration, assignment of rooms
                         Third floor J.H. Oort building, room 353
9:15 - 9:20        Welcome, logistics
                         Second floor, Huygens building, room 201
9:20 - 10:05      R.Genzel: Introduction, purpose of workshop
                         Black holes near Centers of Galaxies
10:05 - 10:50    J. Moran
                         Evidence for Massive Black Holes: VLBI Observations
10:50 - 11:15    Coffee
11:15 - 12:00    T. de Zeeuw
                         Evidence for Massive Black Holes in Nearby Galactic Nuclei
12:00 - 12:30    R. Bacon
                         A supermassive Black Hole and Asymmetries in the M31 Double Nucleus
12:30 - 13:30    Lunch
13:30 - 15:00    Discussion session I
15:00 - 15:15    Tea, coffee Common Room Lorentz Center
15:15 - 15:45    R. van der Marel
                         Intermediate Mass Black Holes
15:45 - 16:30    K. Rauch
                         Black Holes in Nuclear Clusters: Pinpointing the Point Mass
16:30 - 17:15    H. Netzer
                         M-L Relationship for Active and Dormant Black Holes
17:30 - 18:30    Wine and Cheese Welcome Party
                         Common Room Lorentz Center

Tuesday April 18

9:00 - 9:45        R. Sunyaev
                         Stellar Mass Black Holes
9:45 - 10:30      E.P.J. van den Heuvel
                         Birth of Black Holes from Collapse of Massive Stars
10:30 - 11:00    Coffee
11:00 - 12:30    Discussion Session II
12:30 - 13:30    Lunch
13:30 - 14:15    A Loeb
                         Was the Universe first Ionized by Stars or Quasars?
14:15 - 14:45    M. Haehnelt
                         Cosmic Evolution of Massive Black Holes
14:45 - 15:30    G. Hasinger
                         X-ray Obsevations of Black Holes
15:30 - 16:00    Tea, coffee, Common Room Lorentz Center
16:00 - 17:00    Discussion Session III

Wednesday April 19

9:00 - 9:45        R. Narayan
                         Physics of Black Hole Accretion at Low Mass Accretion Rates
9:45 - 10:30      R. Blandford
                         Adiabatic Accretion and Mass Loss
10:30 - 11:00    Coffee
11:00 - 12:30    Discussion Session IV
12:30 - 13:30    Lunch
13:30 - 14:15    A. Fabian
                         Accretion Disks around Black Holes
14:45 - 15:15    Tea, coffee Common Room Lorentz Center
15:30 - 18:00    Excursion to park/flower show "de Keukenhof', with plenty
                         of opportunity for informal discussion (weather permitting)
19:00 -              Conference Dinner: Indonesian Buffet

Thursday April 20

9:00 - 9:45        E. Maoz
                         Stellar Dynamical Constraints on Alternatives to Supermassive Black Holes
9:45 - 10:30      G. 't Hooft
                         Black Holes and Particle Physics
10:30 - 11:00    Coffee
11:00 - 11:45    B Schutz
                         Prospects for Gravitational Waves
11:45 - 13:00    Final Discussion
                         How to go from here?
13:00 - 14:00    Lunch
14:00 - 16:00    Informal Discussion
16:00                End of Workshop
 
1. Evidence for black holes:
Stellar black holes:  R. Sunyaev (MPA-Garching), E.P.J. van den Heuvel (UvA)
Massive black holes:  J. Moran (Harvard), T. de Zeeuw (Leiden), R. Bacon (Lyon), R. Genzel (MPE-Garching)
2. Accretion disks:  A. Fabian (Cambridge), H. Netzer (Tel Aviv)
3. Influence of black holes
on dynamics and evolution of nuclear cluster: 
K. Rauch (Johns Hopkins)
4. Cosmic evolution of 
massive black holes: 
M. Haehnelt (MPA-Garching)
5. Accretion processes and 
physics of black hole evolution:
R. Blandford (Caltech), R. Narayan (Harvard)
6. Black holes in the dark ages (z>5):  A. Loeb (Harvard), G. Hasinger (Potsdam)
7. Theoretical considerations 
of how good the proof is: 
E. Maoz (NASA-Ames)
8. Prospects for gravitational waves:  B. Schutz (Potsdam)
9. Blackholes and Particle Physics:  G. 't Hooft (Utrecht)

For the registration go here