We have a weekly journal club where the group members and researchers at IAG interested in black holes across the mass scale and high-energy astrophysics gather to discuss and critique recent papers in the literature.


  • Black holes on all mass scales (stellar-mass, intermediate and supermassive); distances from close to the event horizon (hopefully not inside) to galactic scales (galaxy-SMBH coevolution)
  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Compact objects (e.g. neutron stars)
  • High-energy astrophysics
  • Observational, theoretical and computational papers welcomed
  • Eventual breakthrough discoveries in other fields also welcomed for discussion!

There will be no discrimination against any wavelength, given our multiwavelength interests in the group.


  • Keep up with the literature
  • Practice critical evaluation and discussion of papers
  • Identify ideas for future research
  • Put researchers at IAG talking to each other


Each person brings a recent paper and we take turns talking about them (you are welcome to participate even if you don’t bring a paper!). Each person would talk about her/his paper of choice informally for ~5-15 minutes. Free flow of ideas, critique and discussion will be encouraged.

The agenda of papers for discussion will be kept updated in Vox Charta. If you would like to contribute, please read the section below.


1 hour

Where and when

Thursdays, 4pm, sala A-305 @ IAG

Organizer: Fabio Cafardo

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Black hole populations in the universe. Credit: R. Nemmen, based on images by NASA, VLA, STSCI

How to use Vox Charta?

  1. Sign up for USP Black Holes Vox Charta (and send Rodrigo or Fabio an e-mail—we need to confirm your registration)

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2. Read “how to participate”
3. Vote early for papers that you find interesting. Read the abstracts of the papers you vote for and be ready to talk about why you voted for them
4. If you would like to present a paper, click “commit to present” (🎤 icon)
5. A day before the meeting, an e-mail will be sent to the mailing list with the agenda of voted papers

Please visit this link for more detailed information (and screenshots).

Mailing list, blog

Blog with papers that we discuss each week: agnclub.wordpress.com. Occasionally outdated.

Mailing list of the journal club.