Prof. Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR and CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR
DEPARTEMENT OF PHYSICS
UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL

 

Our research group specializes in high-energy astrophysics and extragalactic astrophysics. We use observations from the best telescopes in the world including the CHANDRA X-ray Observatory, the newly renovated Very Large Array (VLA), the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini observatories.

 

Research Topics: Observations of Black Holes

Our understanding of the Universe has progressed tremendously over the past decades. Yet, we still do not understand how galaxies – the building blocks of the Universe – form and evolve with cosmic time. What has become clear from cosmological simulations, as well as mounting evidence from observations, is that black holes play a fundamental and essential role in shaping the properties of galaxies. However, exactly how black holes release their energy or how this energy interacts with its surrounding, ultimately sculpting galaxies, is still not well understood.

The goal of our research group is to study these black holes, and in particular, to understand the impact black holes have on their surroundings, and thus the role they play in the formation and evolution of galaxies. This is an important topic of research which has seen key, innovative advances in recent years.

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