BLACK HOLES

PROGRAMME:
18.00 – 19.00: Arrival and chance to see the exhibition Made in Space
19.00 – 20.00: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe, talk by Marianne Vestergaard
20.00 – 20.30: Drinks in the exhibition Made in Space
20.30 – 21.30: Visualising a black hole, talk by Oliver James

18.00-21.30
Pris: 250 kr
Medlemmer: 225 kr

We will hear from two people who are on the forefront of trying to understand black holes. Associate Professor Marianne Vestergaard from Copenhagen University who are trying to develop methods to better understand the physics in black holes. She will be joined by Oliver James, Chief scientist at DNEG, who led the team that developed the visualization of the black holes from the movie Interstellar. The black hole developed by DNEG can also be seen in the new exhibition Made in Space at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium.

Join us for an evening about the most extreme object in our Universe – Black Holes! Since Albert Einstein published his theory about General Relativity in 1915, scientists have tried to explain how Black Holes are formed, and what physical properties that best describe them. Through more than 100 years of research and observation, there are still a number of unanswered questions.

TALK: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe
In this talk Marianne Vestergaard summarize some of the interesting properties of black holes, how we know they exist and the role that we know and anticipate that the massive black holes play in shaping the universe as we see it. She will also discuss how scientists currently study black holes and measure their masses and outline some of the upcoming opportunities for scientists to learn more about black holes. 

Marianne Vestergaard is associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen.  Her research is driven by a desire to understand how the supermassive black holes in centers of young galaxies are fueled and grow and understand the inner workings of the 'central engine' that powers distant quasars. To reach this goal she is also developing methods to improve measurements of the black hole mass.

TALK: Visualising a black hole

The Black Hole depicted in Interstellar is the result of a close collaboration between the film's Scientific Advisor, Professor Kip Thorne and the visual effects team at DNEG. Together, we developed the Double Negative Gravitational Renderer. This code uses Einstein's laws of General Relativity to trace beams of light as they propagate through curved space-time to create the iconic images seen in the movie. The work contributed to Interstellar being awarded the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects in 2015 and resulted in the publication of two scientific papers. In this talk, Oliver James describes how Science, Art and Technology combined to make this possible and how DNEG adapted the resulting code to create images for the Tycho Brahe Planetarium.


Oliver studied Physics at Oxford University, then took a change in direction and became an assistant in a photographic studio. In 1995 he combined those disciplines by joining Research & Development team at The Computer Film Company. Oliver spent a total of five years at CFC before moving on to Warner Bros.' ESC Entertainment in 2001 and The Moving Picture Company in 2003. In 2004 he joined DNEG where he has been developing high-end technology to realize some of the most demanding visual effects in film. Film credits include: Event Horizon, Sexy Beast, The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions, Batman Begins, Harry Potter, Quantum of Solace, Inception and Interstellar.