ACGC Researcher helps find evidence of black holes' destruction of stars

ACGC post-doc, Mathew Smith, is part of a team of astrophysicists from the U.S., Spain and South Africa that have found evidence of black holes destroying stars, a long-sought phenomenon that provides a new window into general relativity. The research, reported in the latest issue of the Astrophysical Journal, also opens up a method to search for the possible existence of a large population of presently undetectable "intermediate mass" black holes, which are hypothesized to be precursors to the super-massive black holes at the centers of most large galaxies.

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