Project Title: Stable Orbits of Binary Black Holes
Faculty Sponsor: James Alsup
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.