January 28, 2018 to February 3, 2018
Europe/Zurich timezone



The lectures will start Monday morning at 08:30 and end on Saturday before 12:00. There will be three lectures in the mornings up to 11:50 and two lectures in the afternoons from 17:20 to 19:00. Free time between 11:50 to 17:20 allows skiing or other activities. The lectures of the three speakers will alternate during the week.


Course 1: Black holes across cosmic history

Prof. Tiziana Di Matteo (Carnegie Mellon University)

1. Primordial black holes
2. BH and their role in re-ionization
3. The first quasars
4. The growth of the BH mass function, BH merger rates
5. The peak of the quasar phase in galaxies
6. The dormant, massive BH population in today's universe
7. Quasars and Cosmology/large scale structure:
8. Quasars LFs and clustering, AGN feedback and its effects on DM power spectrum
9. Cosmological Simulations of Structure formation: galaxies and BHs in large volumes.


Course 2: Black hole merging and gravitational waves

Prof. Neil Cornish (Montana State University)

1. Foundations of general relativity and black-holes
2. The physics of gravitational waves
3-5. Interferometric gravitational wave detectors, ground, space and pulsar timing
6.  Gravitational wave signals from binary systems
7-8. Gravitational wave data analysis
9. Astrophysical rate and population constraints


Course 3: Black hole accretion and feedback

Prof. Andrew King (University of Leicester)

1. How do black holes accrete, accretion yields, importance of feedback, SMBH and galaxies
2. Accretion discs, Eddington limit
3. Binaries and gamma-ray bursts
4. Spin evolution of SMBH, limits to growth
5. Super-Eddington accretion, winds and interaction with surroundings, M - sigma relation
6. Episodic nature of feedback
7. Transition to energy-driven outflow, large-scale outflows
8. Feedback effects on star formation, SMBH - bulge mass relation, radiation feedback
9. Open problems