The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


Astrophysical Accretion Disks, Jets and Winds and Interactions with the Surrounding Medium

We will conduct a series of simulations addressing three fundamental aspects of the energy generation by, and outflows from, black holes and protostars – The production of thermal radiation and jets through accretion processes onto the central object, the propagation of jets in the immediate vicinity of black holes and protostars (providing diagnostics, which are used to relate observations of jets close to the central object to accretion processes), and the interaction of extragalactic jets with the interstellar medium. This is important in order to understand how jets provide feedback to an evolving galaxy, influencing its evolution. The various projects involve realistic simulations of the physical processes in order to understand existing astronomical observations, to make testable predictions for future observations, and most importantly to understand the fundamental physics of energy and outflow generation

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