Black Holes

Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI)

Black holes are among the most mysterious objects in the Universe. Our group is part of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration that has provided the first image of a black hole.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) shook the world with the first ever picture of the environment around the event horizon of a black hole.

Since then, it has taken a picture of another black hole, published another picture of the first black hole taken a year later, and published several papers about the magnetic fields around the black holes. Professor Derek Ward-Thompson and Drs Brett Patterson and Tim Walton are members of the EHT Collaboration, along with a number of students. They specialise in modelling the magnetic fields around the black holes.

Opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate study (PhD and MSc by Research) are described on the JHI website. Visit the Distance Learning website for more information on our distance learning courses.