Massive black holes devouring matter and ejecting outflows.
In the centers of many galaxies, there are massive black holes devouring matter and ejecting outflows that significantly affect galactic evolution.
It is unclear how these black holes reached huge masses in short cosmological times and how exactly they alter the birth of new stars.
INAF-IASF Palermo is in charge of a large international research program called SEAWIND (Super-Eddington Accretion: Wind, Inflow, and Disk; PI: Ciro Pinto) aimed at tackling crucial open questions on the accelerated growth of black holes.
The SEAWIND team studies nearby black holes that are stripping away matter from companion stars or from the interstellar medium at extremely high rates. In particular, data from state-of-the-art telescopes that operate in the X-ray and other energy bands is combined with advanced analysis techniques to investigate the nature of black hole fast outflows and inflows of matter. Further focus is devoted to the development of future technologies and space missions related to this research field.
Melania Del Santo
G. Rodriguez Castillo