Sunday, April 18, 2010

Work Update #1

This week:

  • I submitted an appication for a fellowship in computational science that would fully fund me through next year.

  • I was forced to develop the skeleton of a research project in a matter of days as part of the fellowship application. The idea (which is subject to change and evolve once research actually starts) is to model the accretion of a gas onto a black hole using a three-dimensional hydrodynamics code. Foglizzo and Tagger have done this in a general case with a Newtonian potential and found instabilities in the system that would presumably appear in the luminosity. Black holes don't follow the rules of Newtonian gravity though, so making things relativistic could cause further instabilities.

  • I kept on reading Thompson's Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

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