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Carlos Palenzuela recipient of the Bishop Award

CITA recognized one of its young researchers, Carlos Palenzuela, for outstanding research done during his time at CITA.

Carlos Palenzuela was selected for his work on the interactions of merging black holes with their surrounding ionized gas disks. Working with others, Carlos showed that magnetic fields threading the plasma and the holes will generate outflowing jets, in a process similar to the Blandford-Znajek mechanism. He showed that such jets should be detectable to cosmological distances, suggesting that they could be used as markers for the exact location of black hole mergers that may be detected by gravitational wave observatories in the future.

The Jeffrey L. Bishop Fellowship is granted every two years. It is an award for excellence in research in astrophysical dynamics in particular, and is named after one of CITA's first postdoctoral fellows, who died in an automobile accident shortly after leaving the Institute. The Fellowship is partly funded by a gift from his Mother, Mrs. Muriel Simmons, and matched by CITA.

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The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is a world-class, nationally supported research centre for studies in theoretical astrophysics and related subjects hosted by the University of Toronto. The primary missions of CITA are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international centre of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA receives research support from a collaborative special project grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is available at

Published: April 29, 2011