Programme & Presentations

Each topic will be covered in 2 review lectures. Each lecture will last for 1.5 hours (3 hours in total). The first hour of each lecture is allocated to the lecture and the last 30 minutes to discussion and questions.

Sunday, September 15, 2013: Public Talk (in Greek)

20:00: “Η φυσική των Μαύρων Τρυπών και ο κοσμικός ρόλος τους”: Emmanouil Angelakis (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn, Germany)

Monday, September 16, 2013

08:30-09:30   Registration

09:30-11:00   Black holes in galactic binaries.

Lecture 1: Populations of black-hole binaries in our Galaxy (observations and mass spectrum) - Black holes in High mass and Low mass X-ray binaries, persistent and transient sources, duty cycles - Extragalactic X-ray binaries (populations, X-ray Luminosity Functions, Ultra-luminous X-ray sources)  video

11:00-11:30   Coffee Break

11:30-13:00   Black holes in galactic binaries.

Lecture 2: Intermediate mass black holes (formation, observational evidence) - Black-hole binary formation and evolution, constraints from population synthesis models - Cosmological evolution of X-ray binary populations  video

13:00-14:30   Lunch Break

14:30-16:00   Sgr A*- the galactic center black hole.

Lecture 1: Observational methods to study the galactic center - SgrA* and its environment CND/mini-spital/stellar cluster - radio/NIR/X-ray light curves from SgrA*  video

16:00-16:30   Coffee Break

16:30-18:00   Sgr A*- the galactic center black hole.

Lecture 2: Adiabatic expansion - synchrotron self Compton effect - simultaneous NIR/X-ray flares - polarized emission from SgrA* - relativistic models of the emitting regions - dusty sources in the central few arcseconds  video

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

09:30-11:00   An introduction to Active Galactic Nuclei.

Lecture 1: The discovery of quasars and the beginning of AGN studies - AGN main properties and power source - radio-quiet and radio-loud AGN - the AGN zoo and unified schemes - AGN masses and physical evolution  video

11:00-11:30   Coffee Break

11:30-13:00   An introduction to Active Galactic Nuclei.

Lecture 2: Finding AGN: AGN surveys in various bands - deep radio fields and the radio-quiet/radio-loud dichotomy - the Big Picture: AGN and galaxy evolution - AGN open questions - useful references

13:00-14:30   Lunch Break

14:30-16:00   Formation and cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes.

Lecture 1: Formation of black hole seeds - low mass versus massive seeds scenarios - growth of the black holes in the early Universe - powering of high redshift quasars - relative importance of gas accretion and black hole mergers across cosmic time - physical conditions of accreting gas  video

16:00-16:30   Coffee Break

16:30-18:00   Formation and cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes.

Lecture 2: From large scale inflows to accretion disks - black hole binary shrinking mechanisms - black hole spins - gravitational recoils - AGN feedback processes and their impact on the host galaxies across the Hubble sequence  video

19:30 Social Event: School’s Dinner, at Frontzou Politeia

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

09:30-11:00   Energy extraction from black holes and the jet formation.

Lecture 1: Introduction - Classes of relativistic jets - Observations relevant to jet physics (apparent motion, polarization, Faraday rotation) - Accretion disks and their magnetic field - Unipolar inductors and energy extraction  video

11:00-11:30   Coffee Break

11:30-13:00   Energy extraction from black holes and the jet formation.

Lecture 2: Magnetohydrodynamic modeling of jets - Bulk acceleration - Collimation - The role of the outflow environment - Jet kinematics  video

13:00-14:30   Lunch Break

14:30-16:00   From quasars to micro-quasars: the physics scaling with the black hole mass.

Lecture 1: General introduction to the concept of mass scales in accretion physics - Summary of accretion states in X-ray binaries and comparisons to AGN zoology - Empirical studies of accretion physics scaling over 8 orders of magnitude in mass: Variability studies  video

16:00-16:30   Coffee Break

16:30-18:00   From quasars to micro-quasars: the physics scaling with the black hole mass.

Lecture 2: The Fundamental Plane of black hole accretion - Theoretical derivations of expected mass scaling - Mass-scaling as a new tool for approaching longstanding questions: jet/disk coupling, particle acceleration, theoretical degeneracies in the modeling of data  video

Thursday, September 19, 2013-Social Event and Departures

Social Event: Visit to the ancient theater of Dodona

09:00-11:30 ancient theater of Dodona-Dodona sightseeing. Participants may have to pay for a minor entrance and transportation fee to the archeological site, which will amount to a few euros per person (more info on this will be posted at later).

11:30-12:00   On the way back to the city, drop off to the the airport for participants who leave on the same day with the noon OA flight to Athens (13:30).

Other options: Alternatively, the participants may decide to do some other activity.

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