Project Title: Stable Orbits of Binary Black Holes

Faculty Sponsor: James Alsup

Department: CSEP



Project Description: The project will incorporate a search for stable orbits for test particles outside of a binary black hole system.  We will use the theory of General Relativity to calculate the differential equations a particle must satisfy when in motion around the binary system.  Mathematica will be used to calculate numerical solutions to the equations.  Once solutions are found, a systematic approach will be used to characterize the different types of orbits and search for new physics. 

Student Tasks & Responsibilities: 

  • Learn Einstein notation
  • Calculate the geodesic equation
  • Numerically solve the geodesic equation
  • Characterize the different solutions.

Minimum Student Qualifications: Through Modern Physics, differential equations and mulch-variate calculus.