Ziri Younsi

Dr Ziri Younsi is a Leverhulme Trust Fellow in Astrophysics at University College London (UCL). After graduating from the University of Cambridge and subsequently from UCL, Younsi worked in the BlackHoleCam project as a Humboldt Fellow at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Since 2014, he has worked within the EHT, developing and performing supercomputer simulations of black holes and horizon-scale black-hole imaging, enabling comparison with and interpretation of EHT images. He is a co-recipient of the National Science Foundation Diamond Achievement Award, Physics World 2019 Breakthrough of the Year, and the 2020 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics.

Seeing the invisible: imaging black holes
Saturday 1st February 2020: Session Three

In this talk we will learn how the first ever image of a black hole was produced by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). A black hole’s gravitational field is so intense that it warps space and time around it, even trapping light within its event horizon. Dr Younsi will discuss the history of black holes in modern science, the bizarre behaviour of light around these exotic entities, and provide an overview of the international collaborative efforts that made producing this first image possible.

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