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Public Lecture

Black Holes across Cosmic Time

By Dr. John Regan of Dublin City University

Monday January 8th
Physics Building Trinity College Dublin

About the Lecture

In this talk I'll focus on formation of black holes across the history of the Universe. I'll begin by motivating why we are interested in understanding the formation mechanisms for black holes. I'll then move onto describe the various theories for the formation mechanisms of black holes - both the supermassive black holes that populate the centres of galaxies and the black holes that result from the end stages of the massive stars. Finally I'll also describe recent breakthroughs in Gravitational Wave astronomy which has opened up a new window in observations of black holes and should, in the future, allow us to discriminate between different black hole seeding models.


About the Lecturer


John studied Theoretical Physics and high performance computing between 1999 and 2004. He then did his Ph.D in Numerical Cosmology in the University of Cambridge between 2004 and 2008. He worked as a software engineer in Intel for 2 years before lecturing in the University of Zambia. This was followed by 2 years in Aalto University Helsinki and a brief spell as a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge.

From 2013 to 2015 we worked in the University of Finland as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Cosmology and in particular the formation mechanisms for the first super massive black holes in the Universe. This was followed by a spell in Durham University investigating the environments in which SuperMassive Black Hole Seeds may form before moving to DCU in 2016.


After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.


Booking Information

Date Monday 8th January
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
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Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.

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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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