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BHI Scientists Honored for Work on Photon Ring

BHI Colleagues, Black Hole Enthusiasts!

It is an enormous pleasure to report that Michael Johnson and Alex Lupsasca have been awarded the New Horizons Physics Breakthrough Prize for their extraordinary work on the photon ring – light trapped in orbit around black holes – and their work showing how they can be detected with future experiments  .  This was work much of which took place at the BHI and that has and will continue to echo through our current and future work.  I know all of us here join me in congratulating Michael and Alex on this remarkable accomplishment.


Peter Galison

Joseph Pellegrino University Professor

Director, Black Hole Initiative

Harvard University


Join us for the 7th Annual Black Hole Initiative Conference.

May 29-31, 2024

Gutman Conference Center, Cambridge, MA USA

Crossing the horizons of Black Hole Studies from the perspective of Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy, and History of Science. Featuring: Adam Levine, Alex Maloney, Ana-Maria Raclariu, Ben Freivogel, Bernard Carr, Chiara Mingarelli, Dennis Overbye, Emily Liepold, Hong Liu, Jamee Elder, John Mather, Julian Sonner, Kimberly Arcand, Manus Visser, Mina Himwich, Niels Martens, Phil Hopkins, Rafaella Margutti, Sara Issaoun, Stefan Hollands, Surya Raghavendran, Thomas Ryckman, Tiziana di Matteo, Yambe Tam, and Robert Wald