Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe
Jedidah Isler - Astrophysicist
Jedidah Isler studies blazars — supermassive hyperactive black holes that emit powerful jet streams. They are the universe’s most efficient particle accelerators, transferring energy throughout galaxies. Full bio
Hubble Space Telescope Ultra-Deep Field,
of our universe ever observed.
a trillion, trillion kilometers away.
the awesome privilege of studying
in our universe.
from first crush throughout my career
hyperactive black holes.
the mass of our own sun,
are devouring material,
1,000 times more
supermassive black hole.
powerful particle streams
of the speed of light,
and supermassive black holes
is that they're some of the universe's
of energy throughout a galaxy.
artist's conception of a blazar.
material falls onto the black hole
around the black hole
pulls in material via a disk,
is more common.
the blazar system
to the larger galactic context.
of what goes in to what goes out,
blazar astrophysics right now
jet emission comes from.
in where this white blob forms
relationship between the jet
inaccessible until 2008,
that better detects gamma ray light --
a million times higher
between the gamma ray light data
day to day and year to year,
to the black hole
blobs are forming,
are being accelerated,
the dynamic processes
objects in our universe are formed.
a curious, stargazing young girl
to my mission here on Earth.
where love's first flutter
About the speaker:Jedidah Isler - Astrophysicist
Jedidah Isler studies blazars — supermassive hyperactive black holes that emit powerful jet streams. They are the universe’s most efficient particle accelerators, transferring energy throughout galaxies.
Why you should listen
Jedidah Isler has been staring at the stars since she was 11 or 12. But because neither her undergraduate college or the university where she got her first master’s degree offered astronomy majors, she threw herself wholeheartedly into physics. It wasn’t until she entered a doctoral program that she was able to dedicate her time to the studying the night sky. In 2014, she became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D in Astrophysics from Yale.
Isler studies blazars — supermassive hyperactive black holes at the center of galaxies, some of which emit powerful streams of particles. Sometimes these are oriented toward Earth, offering us a unique perspective on the physics of the universe. Isler is a Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow in Physics at Syracuse University. She participates in the Future Faculty Leader program at Harvard's Center for Astrophysics and was named a 2015 TED Fellow.
Isler is also interested in breaking down barriers that prevent many students — especially women of color — from becoming scienists. She works to make STEM accessible to new communities.
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