Bringing Black Holes into Focus: The Event Horizon Telescope

Tucson, AZ, USA

January 18 - 20, 2012

Given the rapid pace of technical progress in the field of (sub)mm Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), the prospects for observing and imaging a black hole event horizon with Schwarzschild radius resolution are excellent. Recent observations of SgrA*, the 4 million solar mass black hole at the Galactic Center, and M87, a giant elliptical galaxy with a central black hole mass of several billion solar masses, have already revealed event horizon scale structures. Related progress in theoretical and simulation approaches to understanding processes at the event horizon has been advancing quickly. The VLBI array itself is expanding to many more stations, including ALMA by 2015.

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) program will be inaugurated in January 2012. The scientific context and capabilities, technical program, and organizational structure of this international effort are the topics of the first EHT meeting. This workshop will convene the astrophysics community to:

The Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

Avery Broderick (University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute)
Shep Doeleman (MIT Haystack Observatory)
Dale Frail (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
Charles Gammie (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Mareki Honma (National Astronomy Observatory of Japan)
Makoto Inoue (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics)
Sera Markoff (University of Amsterdam)
Dan Marrone (University of Arizona)
James Moran (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Clifford Will (Washington University)
Anton Zensus (Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy)
Lucy Ziurys (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona)