The study of hyper-accreting black holes and the origin of gold in the Universe

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The recent discovery of the first binary neutron star merger observed over the electromagnetic spectrum and gravitational waves revealed exciting insights on the formation of heavy elements in the Universe. By coupling numerical simulation to observations, we can better understand the behavior of compact objects, and how they merge. This proposal is focused on developing a numerical code and using it to perform novel simulations that will dramatically advance our understanding of the properties of these signals and how heavy elements, such as gold and platinum are created. With the results from the simulations, we can inform observational surveys about where to look for the emission from the heavy elements in the thermal emission from the merger. This proposal is also aimed to use observational data from the non-thermal afterglow in order to constrain properties from the binary neutron star merger itself.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date8/15/218/14/24

Funding

  • Space Telescope Science Institute (HST-HF2-51487.001-A AMND#1//NAS5- 26555)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (HST-HF2-51487.001-A AMND#1//NAS5- 26555)

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