Black holes have been fascinating us for a really long time, and scientists are making huge efforts in order to learn as much about these entities as possible.
Gravitational wave detection could observe a mysterious type of black holes
It seems that experts hope that the future of gravitational wave detection will be allowing them to be able to observe a mysterious type of black hole.
Gizmodo reveals that the gravitational wave detectors have seen direct evidence of the existence of black holes with the mass of giant stars.
The online publication mentions that the Event Horizon Telescope produced an image of a supermassive black hole billions of times the mass of the Sun.
“But in the middle are intermediate-mass black holes, or IMBHs, which weigh between 100 and 100,000 times the mass of the Sun and have yet to be directly observed,” Gizmodo notes.
It’s been also revealed that experts are currently keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that their efforts will “pave the way” for future research into these black holes.
This is hoped to be achieved with the help of gravitational wave detectors use, according to the paper that has just been published in the Nature Astronomy.
The online publication mentioned above also revealed that researchers led by Vanderbilt’s Karan Jani addressed the ways in which a mix of future gravitational wave experiments could be eventually used to spot pairs of intermediate-mass black holes.
The paper is unique for various reasons
Gizmodo received an e-mail from Jillian Bellovary, assistant professor at Queensborough Community College in New York, who is studying black holes.
“This paper is unique because it’s the first I’ve seen to calculate IMBH waveforms in such a variety of ways. Our community has known that, in general, LISA plus Voyager can detect such binaries, but this paper has done the detailed calculations and provided the equations for doing so,” Bellovary said among other things.
Head over to the original article to learn more details on this exciting new project.