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Simulating radio flares from AGN with Relativistic Hydrodynamic Simulations

Project: 
Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are the most energetic sources in the universe and are powered by the accretion of material onto a central supermassive black hole. These sources can create large relativistic jets which produce non-thermal radiation from radio to gamma-ray energies. We are modelling AGN jets (on kiloparsec scalues) using numerical relativistic hydrodynamic (RHD) simulations coupled with a synchrotron emission code that estimates the radio emission from the RHD structure. The Masters project will investigate how the injection of perturbations and blobs into the jet modifies the jet morphology and simulate the radio light curves to investigate variability.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UCT)(UKZN)(NWU)
Project Info: 
PDF icon nassp_2019.pdf

Supervisor

Brian
van Soelen

Co-Supervisor

Izak
van der Westhuizen
Requirements for students to address: 
A working knowledge of C/C++ and Python will be an important skill required for this project.
Research Area: 
Astrophysics


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