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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


Beyond the Horizon. Join us for the 6th Annual Black Hole Initiative Conference.

May 17-19, 2023

Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA USA

Crossing the horizons of Black Hole Studies from the perspective of Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy, and History of Science. Featuring: Alejandro Castro, Andrew Cristofoli, Andrea Puhm, Andrew MacFayden, Ann C. Thresher, Caitlin Witt, Chris Akers, Daniel Harlow, Elena Giorgi, Eleni Kontou, Erin Kara, Jan Sbierski, Jeremy Butterfield, Jessica Lu, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Laura Cadonati, Lorenzo Sironi, Lynn Grimwell, Michael Johnson, Natalie Paquette, Roland Bittleston, Smander Naoz, Suvi Gezari, Vijay Balasubramanian, and more!