S E M I N A R IDepartament d'Astronomia i Astrofísica
Universitat de València
Relativistic flows and SMBH in a broader context
Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Alemanya
Seminari del departament d'Astronomia i Astrofísica
Dimecres 27 octubre 2004
Observational and theoretical studies of relativistic outflows and supermassive black holes (SMBH) have reached a stage at which they can be considered in a broader physical context. SMBH and relativistic flows, both commonly found in galactic nuclei, may play a crucial role in formation and evolution of galaxies and the Universe at large. SMBH are likely to provide the ultimate testing grounds for verifying theoretical models in cosmology and fundamental physics. High-resolution observations of radio emisssion from relativistic flows remain one of the tools of choice for probing physical conditions in the immediate vicinity of SMBH, complemented and enhanced by the novel techniques and instruments introduced recently in the optical and high-energy bands. Some of the recent results in these fields will be reviewed in the presentation, with a view of putting them in a wider scope of astrophysical and cosmological research.