Relativistic turbulence and multi-messenger astrophysics

I will discuss recent developments in the theory of relativistic turbulence, from both pure physics and astronomical perspectives. Turbulence in relativistic fluids and plasmas has applicability in high energy density physics, in early-universe cosmology, and in high energy astrophysics. I will focus on its connections with multi-messenger astrophysics, particularly in the context of binary neutron star (BNS) mergers, and the electromagnetic signals that accompany their gravitational wave emission. My talk will include (1) an overview of methods used to simulate and characterize relativistic turbulence, (2) implications of dynamo theory to the dynamics of BNS mergers, (3) new ideas emerging in the theory of "radiation-mediated" relativistic turbulence, and (4) efforts in modeling the prompt and afterglow emission from GW-170817.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 13:00 to 14:30
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