The Birth of Massive Black Holes in the Early Universe Revealed

  • Jan 28, 2019
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"The light released from around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it is able to reach telescopes across the entire expanse of the universe. Incredibly, the light from the most distant black holes (or quasars) has been traveling to us for more than 13 billion light years. However, we do not know how these monster black holes formed. " - MSUToday Press Release 

Research led by CMSE faculty Brian O' Shea and researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Michigan State University, the University of California at San Diego, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and IBM provided results that strongly suggest the dynamics of structure formation in galaxies may be the driver of the formation of massive black holes in the early Universe.

 

A link to the paper, "Formation of Massive Black Holes in Rapidly Growing Pre-galactic Gas Clouds," can be found below:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-0873-4

Links to press-releases for this paper can be found below:

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