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CIERA Fall Interdisciplinary Talk Highlights Computation in Plasma Astrophysics

CIERA faculty, postdocs, and students welcomed Princeton Professor Jim Stone for the start of our 5th year of Quarterly Interdisciplinary Colloquia on Tuesday, October 28th. Professor Stone outlined a broad range of numerical methods for addressing problems in plasma astrophysics, and especially for addressing questions related to the magnetohydrodynamics of accretion disks and jets. In the process, he showed numerical simulations that strikingly showed the recent progress in the field, including a simulation of time-dependent emission from an accretion disk, as well as models of jet formation above accretion disks. His talk was even more impressive for having been given after a very full day of discussions with a wide range of CIERA members.