Modelling our cosmos
Supermassive black holes (SMBHs), which are millions of times the mass of our Sun, create a force of gravity that prevents even light from escaping. Half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics went to scientists who showed that the orbits of stars in our Milky Way are bent by a SMBH. SMBHs likely exist at the centre of all massive galaxies and understanding them better has implications for stellar cluster and galaxy formation, and gravitational waves. The EU-funded KETJU project is building a code that will make it possible to accurately simulate the dynamics and mergers of SMBHs, thereby making realistic predictions for the resulting gravitational wave signal that will guide current and future observational experiments.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
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