I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), University of Toronto and am a member of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and Next Generation EHT collaborations. My research interests include black holes, plasma physics, high energy astrophysics and computational fluid dynamics. My research focuses on using numerical simulations to understand the physical process behind black hole accretion and relativistic jets across multiple spatial scales.
On small spatial scales I use General Relativistic Magneto-Hydrodynamics (GRMHD) simulations to explore the dynamics and evolution of accreting black holes, wind outflows and relativistic jets. My research focuses on understanding how the physical processes in accretion flows, winds and jets relate to some of the emission features that we observe in black hole X-ray binaries and Active Galactic Nuclei. I have used simulations to explore the accretion process in a variety of different regimes; from tilted accretion disks, to very thin accretion flows and truncated disks around spinning black holes. Owing to their complexity and computational expense these accretion regimes are inherently difficult to simulate, however modelling them is crucial in order to improve our understanding of the accretion process.
I also conduct magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) simulations in order to explore the large-scale propagation of relativistic jets. Jets have a profound effect on their environments, playing a key role in regulating the evolution of galaxies and large scale structures in the universe. I study how jets influence and interact with their environments, and how these interactions affect the jet radio and X-ray emission we observe.
I am excited to collaborate with the SCEECS members to improve our understanding of the accretion process and high energy astrophysics.