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Radiative cooling in black hole accretion flows

Grant number: 17/25710-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy - Stellar Astrophysics
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Rodrigo Nemmen da Silva
Grantee:Artur Vemado
Host Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Black hole binaries (BHBs) undergo state transitions during which their spectral and timing properties change dramatically. These state transitions are ill-understood and are thought to be associated with changes in the mass accretion rate which affect the amount of radiative cooling in the accretion flow. The goal of this project is to investigate the nature of state transitions in BHBs, by performing global, multidimensional hydrodynamical and MHD simulations of radiatively inefficient accretion flows around stellar mass black holes, incorporating the radiative cooling self-consistently in the dynamics through the bremsstrahlung, synchrotron and inverse Compton processes. We will quantify the evolution of the density, temperature and velocity fields of the accretion flow as a function of time, characterize the geometry ($H/R$, truncation radius) and advection factor, comparing these numerical results against the truncated disk model. (AU)

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VEMADO, Artur. Radiative cooling and state transition in stellar mass black holes.. 2020. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto Astronômico e Geofísico (IAG/SBD) São Paulo.

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