TITANS aims to improve our understanding of supermassive black holes over cosmic history, and to use Event Horizon Telescope imaging to better understand these unique objects. With funding of ~1 million US$ over three years (and the possibility of renewal for three additional years) Nucleo Milenio projects target focussed research topics and are funded by Chile's National Agency for Investigation and Development (ANID).
TITANS will focus on:
- The formation of black hole seeds in the early universe (via theory and simulations)
- The growth of black holes over cosmic time (via observations and simulations)
- The imaging of the innermost environments (accretion inflows and jets) of a large number of black holes using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)
Our technology component is focussed on site testing and operation plans towards installing new EHT telescopes in Chile, and in developing high bandwidth remote satellite communication stations (ground to low earth orbit) in Chile, using all-sky phased arrays, and phased arrays coupled to carbon-fibre antennas.
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