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University of Michigan Department of Astronomy913 Dennison Building500 Church Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042
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PhD, Yale University | Key Collaborator: Jon Miller
Formation and evolution of relativistic jets from black holes and neutron stars
Dipankar Maitra is interested in understanding formation and evolution of relativistic “jet” outflows near black holes and neutron stars. Along with collaborators, he observes stellar-mass black holes, neutron stars, and supermassive black holes at wavelengths ranging from radio to X-rays using ground-based as well as space-based observatories. He then develops theoretical models of jets that are directly tested against data obtained in these observations. Comparison of theoretical models with observed data helps us learn about extreme environments very close to black holes and neutron stars, and probe the origin and nature of relativistic jet outflows. Understanding the physical nature of such relativistic jets is not only crucial for understanding gravity in the strong-field limit, but will also have significant impact for large-scale phenomena such as AGN activity cycles, AGN feedback mechanism, and the cooling flows in galaxy clusters.
Accretion physics; special and general relativity; stellar evolution; statistical analysis and inference; visualization techniques for large data sets; numerical astrophysics; cluster/cloud computing; signal processing.
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