The extreme electromagnetic or gravitational fields associated with some astrophysical objects can give rise to macroscopic effects arising from the physics of the quantum vacuum. Therefore, these objects are incredible laboratories for exploring the physics of quantum field theories. In this dissertation, we explore this idea in three astrophysical scenarios.

September 30, 2012 by hgpu

E(A+M)PEC traces the ionization structure, cooling and emission spectra of plasmas. It is written in OpenCL, runs in NVIDIA Graphics Processor Units and can be coupled to any HD or MHD code to follow the dynamical and thermal evolution of any plasma in, e.g., the interstellar medium (ISM).

September 27, 2011 by hgpu

We study the dynamics of stellar-mass black holes (BH) in star clusters with particular attention to the formation of BH-BH binaries, which are interesting as sources of gravitational waves (GW). We examine the properties of these BH-BH binaries through direct N-body simulations of star clusters using the GPU-enabled NBODY6 code. We perform simulations of N

November 13, 2010 by hgpu

We report on early results of a numerical and statistical study of binary black hole inspirals. The two black holes are evolved using post-Newtonian approximations starting with initially randomly distributed spin vectors. We characterize certain aspects of the distribution shortly before merger. In particular we note the uniform distribution of black hole spin vector dot […]

November 8, 2010 by hgpu