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Gravitational waves from crowded environments: simulating intermediate-mass black hole formation and evolution with supercomputers.

Project description

Study could shed light on the formation and evolution of mid-sized black holes

Intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) are the missing link between supermassive ones lurking at the galaxy centres and stellar black holes formed by the gravitational collapse of a star. Existing studies are limited in their ability to investigate the parameter space and capture the complex physics behind IMBHs. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the GRACE-BH project will combine cutting-edge numerical and semi-analytical techniques to model the survival of IMBH seeds in different environments and more accurately describe the conditions that favour IMBH formation in star clusters. In particular, the project will investigate the impact of dynamical interactions, runaway collisions, pair instability and relativistic kicks on IMBH formation.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Net EU contribution
€ 183 473,28
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 183 473,28