Super-massive black holes are found at the centers of many galaxies. But all efforts to detect them directly suffer from the fact that no information from their interior can reach us directly. Now, Professor Anton Zensus, director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn and founding chairman of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration (EHT), has proposed an independent method to filter out those explanations from the existing ones that are viable. At the same time, this method may succeed in explaining the high-energy plasma outflows ejected by many black holes. The project is funded with an ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million euros.
Magnetic fields in the centres of active galaxies. Left: polarized radiation from the black hole in M87. Center: simulations of the photosphere around the central black hole and the jet in M87. Right: artist's view of the central engine ("jet engine").