Physics and Astrophysics of Supermassive Black-Holes
July 10 - July 14, 2006
Santa Fe, New Mexico
---Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Arizona through funds from the
Center for Space Science and Exploration, IGPP, T-6 and SciDAC SSC,

In the past, they were recognized as the most destructive force in nature. Now, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, supermassive black holes have undergone a dramatic shift in paradigm. Astronomers are finding out that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. They may have contributed as much as half of all the radiation produced after the Big Bang, and at least 300 million of them may now be lurking through the vast expanses of the observable cosmos. The most accessible among them appears to be lurking at the Center of our own Galaxy.

This meeting will bring together astronomers, astrophysicists, and general relativistis now working at the forefront of supermassive black hole research with the goal of furthering our understanding of the formation and evolution of these intriguing objects.

Talks are now on-line (go to participant list and select the speaker of interest). If you have trouble reading any format, let me know and I will try to convert it to the format you prefer.

Venue Santa Fe Participants Program

Local Organizing Committee:

Chris Fryer
fryer@lanl.gov
505-665-3394

Fulvio Melia
melia@physics.arizona.edu
520-621-9651

Gabriel Rockefeller
gaber@lanl.gov
505-665-3394