Welcome to a talk hosted by the Australian Institute of Physics, discussing the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics: recognising the physics of black holes.
* Prof David Blair (UWA, OzGrav)
* Prof Susan Scott (ANU, OzGrav)
Host: Prof Jodie Bradby (AIP, ANU)
In the first half of the talk Susan will outline the development of the concept of singularities and the related notion of a black hole in General Relativity theory. She will describe Roger Penrose’s spectacular theoretical breakthrough in this field for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize. David will briefly touch on Penrose’s other work, and then present an overview of the quest to explore the centre of the Milky Way, and why it was of special interest to gravitational wave physicists. He will review the seminal contributions by Australian radio astronomy pioneers, and then outline the discoveries made by Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for which they were also co-recipients of the Nobel Prize.