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Massive black hole binaries: dynamical evolution and gravitational waves

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Sesana
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The direct detection of gravitational waves is one of the critical goals of contemporary astrophysics. The loudest sources in the Universe are expected to be inspiralling and merging massive black hole binaries, forming following galaxy mergers. Their gravitational wave emission at nHz frequencies leaves peculiar fingerprints in the time of arrivals of ultrastable millisecond pulsars. The expected signal from a cosmological population of massive black hole binaries is in the range of current timing capability, with good prospects of detection within the next 10 years. The project is centred on the modelling of the dynamics of massive black hole binaries, their interaction with their stellar and gaseous environment, and how this impacts onto the expected gravitational wave signal observable with millisecond pulsar timing. The multiple facets of the problem allow different research directions, depending on the candidate interests and inclinations.

Funding Notes

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more.

Non-UK Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.


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FTE Category A staff submitted: 39.00

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