4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
About 100 million black holes are estimated to exist in our Galaxy, a large fraction of which are expected to be isolated. Yet, not a single isolated black hole has been detected to date – all of the few dozen black holes detected so far are in binaries. Astrometric Microlensing is the only available technique capable of detecting isolated black holes and measuring their masses. Roman Telescope's high angular resolution and wide field of view offer an ideal combination to detect isolated black holes and measure their masses. Roman will continuously monitor the rich stellar fields of the Galactic bulge for several months repeatedly, which will be used to discover planets through their transit signals. I will show that these observations can also be used to discover white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes through their microlensing signals during transits.
Speaker: Kailash Sahu (STScI)
The Roman Lecture Series is a monthly virtual lecture series focused on the scientific capabilities and technology of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, organized by Roman Mission partners.