G. Milton Wing Lecture

Computing the Lightning from Massive Black Hole Mergers

Manuela Campanelli, RIT, Director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hylan Building, Room 1106A

Multi-messenger astronomy promises to revolutionize our understanding of the universe by providing dramatically contrasting views of the same objects. Black holes are the most fascinating and ubiquitous objects in the universe. Unlike stellar-mass black holes, it is generally expected that supermassive black holes lurking at the center of most galaxies will merge in a gas-rich environment, because galaxies merge from time to time. In this talk, I will review the history of simulation efforts to model binary black holes in their astrophysical environments and also present some exciting new results in the context of magneto-hydro- dynamics simulation.

Event contact: michael dot gage at rochester dot edu