Dec 13 – 18, 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

XMM-Newton's impact on Relativistic Astrophysics: Black Holes

Dec 15, 2015, 2:00 PM
Level -1, Room 17 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level -1, Room 17

International Conference Centre Geneva


Norbert Schartel (ESA)


With about 300 refereed papers published each year, XMM-Newton is one of the most successful scientific missions of ESA ever. Observations of Galactic as well as supermassive black holes, where relativistic effects have to be accounted for, play a major role in XMM-Newton's observing program. The main focus of the talk will be the discussion of scientific highlight results based on XMM-Newton observations of compact, relativistic objects during the last years. X-ray observations provide a unique opportunity to study the vicinity of compact objects, i.e. the region where the strong gravitational field acts and allow the determination of black holes spin.

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