General Relativistic Simulations of Magnetized Plasmas around Merging Supermassive Black Holes

Дата и время публикации : 2012-03-27T23:18:43Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Bruno Giacomazzo
John G. Baker
M. Coleman Miller
Christopher S. Reynolds
James R. van Meter

Ссылка на журнал-издание: ApJ, 752, L15 (2012)
Коментарии к cтатье: 7 pages, 5 figures. Minor changes to match version accepted for publication on The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE, gr-qc

Краткий обзор статьи: Coalescing supermassive black hole binaries are produced by the mergers of galaxies and are the most powerful sources of gravitational waves accessible to space-based gravitational observatories. Some such mergers may occur in the presence of matter and magnetic fields and hence generate an electromagnetic counterpart. In this Letter, we present the first general relativistic simulations of magnetized plasma around merging supermassive black holes using the general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic code Whisky. By considering different magnetic field strengths, going from non-magnetically dominated to magnetically dominated regimes, we explore how magnetic fields affect the dynamics of the plasma and the possible emission of electromagnetic signals. In particular we observe a total amplification of the magnetic field of ~2 orders of magnitude which is driven by the accretion onto the binary and that leads to much stronger electromagnetic signals, more than a factor of 10^4 larger than comparable calculations done in the force-free regime where such amplifications are not possible.

Category: Physics