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Paper: Probing into the Shadow of Galactic Center Black Hole with Future Sub-millimeter VLBI
Volume: 402, Approaching Micro-Arcsecond Resolution with VSOP-2: Astrophysics and Technologies
Page: 425
Authors: Shen, Z.-Q.
Abstract: Sgr A* is the closest massive black hole candidate with the largest angular size of its Schwarzschild radius (about 10 μas). Unfortunately, Sgr A* is not a suitable target for the next generation space-VLBI mission, VSOP-2, even at its highest frequency of 43 GHz. This is mainly because of its too big (scattering-broadened) apparent size compared to the angular resolution of VSOP-2, which makes space baselines unnecessary for the imaging study of Sgr A*. Rather, recent development of VLBI observations at shorter millimeter wavelengths has led to the firm detection of the intrinsic size of the emission region of Sgr A* (about 1 AU at 86 GHz). Future sub-millimeter VLBI observation is promising in resolving the shadow of Sgr A*, which could be a test of the general relativity in strong field regime. Our simulation demonstrates that visibility analysis can constrain the geometry of radio emitting region surrounding Sgr A*. We are on the verge of resolving the shadow of Sgr A*.
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