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Astrophysical Black Holes

Speaker:Prof. Shuang-Nan Zhang
Affiliation:Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics and Center for Particle Astrophysics
Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and
Physics Department, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
Date:September 30, 2011 (Fri)
Time:3:30 p.m.
Venue:Lecture Theatre T7, Meng Wah Complex, HKU
Notice:Time and Venue were updated on 23 Sep 2011.


In this talk I will focus on asking and answering the following questions: (1) What is a black hole? (2) Can astrophysical black holes be formed in the physical universe? (3) How can we prove that what we call astrophysical black holes are really black holes? (4) Do we have sufficient evidence to claim the existence of astrophysical black holes in the physical universe? (5) Will all matter in the universe eventually fall into black holes?


About the Speaker:

Prof. Zhang is the Director of Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics and Center for Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chief Scientist of Space Science Division and Director of the X-ray Imaging Laboratory (part-time), National Astronomical Observatories of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Research Full Professor, Physics Department, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA.  


He received his B.Sc. from Tsinghua University and PhD from University of Southampton. He was a postdoctoral fellow in University of Pennsylvania ; a senior scientist in NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He becomes a faculty member of Physics Department, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1998-present). He was a Distinguished professor, Physics Department, Tsinghua University(2002-2009); Yangtze Scholar Distinguished Professorship of the Ministry of Education of China at Tsinghua University, China (2008-2009); Principal Scientist of 973 project “Astrophysics of Black holes and other compact objects”; Selected into the National “Thousand Talents” Program and appointed as “National Distinguished Expert” by the central government of China (2011-now).  


Prof. Zhang has received NASA Group Achievement Award; National Distinguished Young Investigator of National Science Foundation of China; Winner of Zhao-Jiu-Zhang “Space Science Award”; Copernicus Distinguished Scientist Award (2009), University of Ferrara, Italy. 



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