Interferometric observations of supermassive black holes in the millimeter wave band
S.F. Likhacheva aAstro Space Centre, Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Profsoyuznaya 84/32, Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation bMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Institutskii per. 9, Dolgoprudnyi, Moscow Region, 141700, Russian Federation cLebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prosp. 53, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
We present a theoretical description of different types of accretion disks and jets near supermassive black holes (SMBHs) that can be observed in a (sub)millimeter wave band. Special attention is paid to a possible formation of an image (a shadow) of a black hole illuminated by an accretion disk or a jet. We suggest a simple criterion of detection of such a shadow in the current and planned SMBHs observations employing the method of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). As an example, we propose a number of potential SMBHs candidates satisfying this criterion for observations with the future "Millimetron" space observatory in the VLBI regime as well as with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).
Keywords: interferometry, millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, black holes, supermassive black holes, accretion, accretion disks, jets PACS:98.62.Js, 98.62.Mw (all) DOI:10.3367/UFNe.2018.03.038308 URL: https://ufn.ru/en/articles/2019/5/a/ Citation: Ivanov P B, Mikheeva E V, Lukash V N, Malinovsky A M, Chernov S V, Andrianov A S, Kostenko V I, Likhachev S F "Interferometric observations of supermassive black holes in the millimeter wave band" Phys. Usp.62 423–449 (2019)