Computational Astrophysics and the Dynamics of Accretion Disks

Monday, December 8, 2008 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
The ever increasing performance of computer hardware and improvements to the accuracy of numerical algorithms are revolutionizing scientific research in many disciplines, but perhaps none more so than astrophysics. I will begin by describing why computation is crucial for the solution of a variety of problems at the forefront of research in astronomy and astrophysics, with particular emphasis on understanding accretion flows onto black holes. I will outline the challenge of developing, testing, and implementing numerical algorithms for the investigation of these problems. Finally, I will present results that demonstrate how computation can help us understand the basic physics of magnetized accretion disks.
Speaker: 
James M. Stone
PACM & Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 214