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.