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Simulating galactic black hole binaries

Grant number: 22/07456-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): November 03, 2022
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy
Principal Investigator:Rodrigo Nemmen da Silva
Grantee:Pedro Naethe Motta
Supervisor: Alexander Tchekhovskoy
Host Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Northwestern University, Chicago, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:21/01563-5 - Simulating black hole binaries, BP.MS


Black hole binaries (BHBs) undergo state transitions during which their spectral and timing properties change dramatically. The nature of these state transitions is a long-standing open question. One leading idea is that they are associated with modulations in the mass accretion rate $\dot{M}$ which affect the amount of radiative cooling in the accretion flow. The goal of this project is to address the nature of state transitions in BHBs, by performing global 3D GRMHD simulations of accretion flows around stellar mass black holes (BH), incorporating the radiative cooling self-consistently in the dynamics through the bremsstrahlung, synchrotron and inverse Compton processes. We will use a state-of-the-art GPU-accelerated code and quantify how the inner radius of the thin disk and the properties of the hot corona (e.g. size and temperature) are related to the fundamental system properties such as $\dot{M}$ and BH spin. Along the way, we will compare our results with BHB observations. (AU)

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