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Physics 422:  Computer Simulations in the Physical Sciences

In this webpage, you will find notes and materials for Thomas P. Kling's course in junior level computer simulations.  This course was developed under support of a Bridgewater State College Presidential Course Development Grant in the summer of 2008.

This is an undergraduate research course.  Our goal in the class is to complete a research project:  to study the optical wave-fronts and wave-front singularities surrounding a Kerr (rotating) black hole.

Students will be supported by grants through the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research.

Research links:

Living Review Article:  Gravitational Lensing from a Space-time Perspective by Perlick
Living Review Article:  Gravitational Lensing in Astronomy by Wambsganss

Kerr Lensing:  Optical caustics of Kerr spacetime: the full structure by Bozza
Kerr Lensing:  Kerr black hole lensing for generic observers in the strong deflection limit by Bozza et al.

Numerical Framework:  Study of errors in strong gravitational lensing by Kling and Frittelli
Numerical Framework:  Light cones for Spherically Symmetric Black Holes by Tower

Space-time Perspective:  Spacetime perspective of Schwarzschild lensing by Frittelli et al.
Space-time Perspective:  Fermat Potentials for Non-Perturbative Gravitational Lensing by Frittelli et al.

Programming Links:

Numerical Recipes Homepage // Old Numerical Recipes in C text

C programming // C++ class site

Class Links:

Journal FAQ:  all students will maintain a journal for a significant portion of their grade.

 

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