Black Hole Astrophysics

Coordinators: Roger David Blandford, Douglas M. Eardley, Jean-Pierre Lasota

Black holes exist in galactic nuclei and in certain X-ray binaries found in our own Galaxy. This program focused on astrophysical processes near black holes, and develop a theoretical framework for interpreting observational results. Topics included dissipation and instabilities in accreting gas, magnetic and MHD effects, emission of radiation by thermal and nonthermal processes, extraction of spin energy from rotating holes, formation of jets, and dynamics of star clusters containing black holes.