About Jay Strader's Work
My work is focused on discovering and characterizing black holes in globular star clusters using radio, X-ray, and optical telescopes. Contrary to theoretical predictions, I have shown that black holes are common in globular clusters. As a Packard Fellow, I will make the first quantitative measurements of black hole populations in globular clusters. These results will impact many areas of astrophysics: which stars explode and which directly form black holes in “failed” supernovae; the origin of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies; the formation of astrophysical jets; and the detection of gravitational waves.