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Black Holes in the Era of Distributed Resources and Expertise

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Sean Dougall selected for NASA Arizona Space Grant Internship

Sean Dougall selected for NASA Arizona Space Grant Internship

The project aims to characterize the images of black holes using image-domain feature extraction of the black holes shadow parameters. In short, we want to be able to use the observed accretion flow, or photon ring, around the black hole as a proxy for the size of the...

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PIRE Awarded Large-scale Community Partnership Allocation

PIRE Awarded Large-scale Community Partnership Allocation

In order to support the large computation effort to study black hole accretion physics and explain EHT observations, PIRE submitted a Large-scale Community Partnerships (LSCP) proposal to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) for a computation and storage...

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New Test of General Relativity

New Test of General Relativity

Einstein's theory of general relativity – the idea that gravity is matter warping spacetime – has withstood over 100 years of scrutiny and testing, including the newest test from the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, published today in the latest issue of...

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Developing FPGA’s for High Speed Computational Power

Developing FPGA’s for High Speed Computational Power

The next generation of hardware for radio telescopes’ signal processing requires high-speed computing and data throughput capabilities. To achieve high-speed computation power, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) are used. FPGAs contain millions of programmable...

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Students Leading Development of New GRMHD Plasma Visualizations

Students Leading Development of New GRMHD Plasma Visualizations

Arizona graduate student, David Ball, is using the PIRE AR/VR Lab to develop virtual-reality visualizations of magnetohydrodynamic simulations of plasma around black holes. By learning the basics of graphics rendering on GPUs using algorithms called “shaders,” (found...

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Cloud Computing Busy Week

Cloud Computing Busy Week

In February, a five-day busy week was conducted at the University of Arizona in order for PIRE members to work on large-scale synthetic data generation for the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. The effort was coordinated with senior team members from CyVerse,...

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Black Hole Science – A Live Classroom Event

Black Hole Science – A Live Classroom Event

The Black Hole PIRE project is partnering with Zoom.us to offer a live course taught by two scientists and members of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the global collaboration behind the first-ever black hole image announced in April 2019. This course will be...

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GLT Visit

GLT Visit

In October 2019, undergraduate student Dalton Glove and Dimitrios Psaltis (Arizona) traveled to Thule, Greenland with Satoki Matsushita, Derek Kubo (ASIAA), and Nimesh Patel (SAO) to collect existing weather and radiometer data as well as install scripts to upload...

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