Observing Jet Simulations of Sgr A* and 3C 279
The central engine of an active galaxy is a mysterious place. Simulations and physical theories have melded general relativity, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism to hypothesize the prescription of particle acceleration and jet accretion in active galactic nuclei (AGN). These complex environments surrounding the black hole may launch relativistic jets that radiate the greatest energy output of any known astrophysical source. Their influence on galaxy and star formation is undeniable, and yet these systems are not yet well understood. There remains a gap between theory and observation. My project attempts to bridge this gap and put forth a more cohesive and prescriptive understanding of two AGN with a plethora of observational signatures: 3C 279 and Sgr A* (our galactic center). I will develop a program to observe pre-existing GRMHD (general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic) simulations data via synchrotron and Inverse Compton radiation models. By converting these theoretically generated observations into light curves, intensity maps, and other presentations of data, this pipeline has the potential to uncover information about the radiative processes at work in these sources.
Message to Sponsor
- Major: Mathematics and Astrophysics
- Sponsor: McKinley Fund
- Mentor: Dr. Richard Anantua