Bruno Giacomazzo, Andrea Endrizzi, Riccardo Ciolfi, Wolfgang Kastaun share details of their latest research published in the CQG focus issue: Rattle and shine: the signals from compact binary mergers.
At the end of 2013, after seven years spent abroad (between Germany and the USA), Bruno Giacomazzo came back to Italy for an assistant professor position at the University of Trento in Northern Italy. He used to come to this region when he was a kid to hike or ski on the mountains, but he never thought he would have come back here to study neutron star mergers.
Thanks to financial support from MIUR (Ministry of Education, University, and Research) he was able to attract Riccardo Ciolfi and Wolfgang Kastaun from abroad and to create with them the first numerical relativity group in this part of Italy. Thanks to our efforts and to the support of INFN , PRACE, and CINECA, we were able to start our own investigations of binary neutron star mergers, focusing on the effects of magnetic fields and different equations of state, short gamma-ray bursts and gravitational wave emission. The first paper authored by all the members of our group has been recently published in CQG and many others are coming in the following months (also in other journals).
Our latest CQG paper started as a Master thesis project for the youngest member of our group (Andrea Endrizzi). He defended his thesis in 2014 and started a PhD here the following year. With some help from the rest of our group, he ran a series of simulations of binary neutron star mergers using our fully general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic (GRMHD) code, Whisky. The simulations included also the first study in GRMHD of unequal-mass systems with a piecewise polytropic equation of state. We considered both systems forming a black hole a few ms after merger as well as systems producing long-lived neutron stars. For all models we provide a detailed description of the gravitational wave signals, magnetic field evolution, and matter dynamics, including formation of disks and matter ejection. Movies from our simulations, initial data, and gravitational wave signals are publicly available on the CQG webpage.
To find out more, read our paper in Classical and Quantum Gravity
And don’t forget to watch our video abstract!
Read the full article in Classical and Quantum Gravity:
General relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations of binary neutron star mergers with the APR4 equation of state
A Endrizzi, R Ciolfi, B Giacomazzo, W Kastaun and T Kawamura
2016 Class. Quantum Grav. 33 164001
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