9/17: Robert Penna (MIT)

Black Hole Disks and Jets: General Relativistic MHD Simulations

Dr. Robert Penna (MIT)
CAS 500, 12:00 pm, September 17, 2013

Spinning black holes reshape their accretion disks and drive powerful jets.  Understanding these processes is essential for black hole spin measurements and the interpretation of astrophysical jets.  I will present the results of general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations designed to test standard models of black hole disks and jets.  I will explain how magnetic fields drain black hole rotational energy using the membrane paradigm.