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Post-Newtonian modelling of the dynamics of supermassive black holes in galactic-scale hydrodynamical simulations (KETJU)

Project description

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.

Host institution

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Net EU contribution
€ 1 953 569,00
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 953 569,00

Beneficiaries (1)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 953 569,00
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto

See on map

Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 953 569,00