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Frank Eisenhauer

Frank Eisenhauer

MPI, Germany

Talk title: Infrared interferometry of the galactic center black hole

Abstract: The Galactic Center harbors the nearest massive black hole. With a distance of only 8 kpc, it is the closest laboratory to study the astrophysical processes at work in these extreme objects, and to probe Einstein's general theory of relativity in the regime of strong gravity. Our presentation gives an overview of the GRAVITY infrared interferometry observations leading to the detection of the gravitational redshift and the Schwarzschild precession in the orbit of a star orbiting the black hole in a 16 yr orbit, and the observations of orbital motion of hot gas close to the innermost stable orbit. So far all observations are fully described by the laws of general relativity and the motion around a single black hole. We give upper limits on the deviation from general relativity, the extended mass, and the mass of potential intermediate mass black holes. We also present tests of the weak equivalence principle. We end our presentation with an outlook on future measurements of the spin and quadrupole of the black hole by combining infrared interferometry and spectroscopy form extremely large telescopes, which will then also test the cosmic censorship and no hair theorem of black holes.

Report time: July 7, Thursday, 00:00-01:00 (CST, UTC+8)