Research Scientist | Jonathan Thornburg
Ph.D. Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 1993
Department of Astronomy
Swain West 408
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 856-5269
Dr. Thornburg joined the IU Astronomy faculty in 2008 as a Research Scientist. He received a B.S. in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science from Simon Fraser University in 1983, and his M.S. and Ph.D in Astronomy from the University of British Columbia in 1985 and 1993 respectively. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. Most recently he was a lecturer in the School of Mathematics at the University of Southampton.
Research InterestsDr. Thornburg's primary research interests span a variety of topics in dynamical and gravitational astrophysics, with a particular focus on the orbital decay and final coalescence of binary black hole systems. He worked for many years on various aspects of simulating comparable-mass binary black hole systems, using full nonlinear numerical solution of the Einstein equations. More recently he has begun simulating binary black hole systems with very large mass ratios (typically 105:1). These "EMRIs" (extreme mass ratio inspirals) model stellar-mass black holes orbiting the galactic-center black hole, and are expected to be strong sources of gravitational radiation for the proposed LISA space gravitational-radiation detector.
- Generic effective source for scalar self-force calculations
Wardell, B., Vega, I., Thornburg, J., Diener, P. 2012, PhysRvD, 85, 104044.
- Adaptive mesh refinement for characteristic grids
Thornburg, J. 2011, General Relativity and Gravitation, 43, 1211.
- Effect of massive perturbers on extreme mass-ratio inspiral waveforms
Yunes, N., Coleman, M. M., & Thornburg, J. 2011, PhysRevD, 83, 044030.
- Are moving punctures equivalent to moving black holes?
Thornburg, J., Diener, P., Pollney, D., Rezzolla, L., Schnetter, E., Seidel, E., & Takahashi, R. 2007, Classical and Quantum Gravity 24, 3911.
- Event and Apparent Horizon Finders for 3+1 Numerical Relativity
Thornburg, J., 2007, Living Reviews in Relativity 10, 3.
- Recoil Velocities from Equal-Mass Binary-Black-Hole Mergers
Koppitz, M., Pollney, D., Reisswig, C., Rezzolla, L., Thornburg, J., Diener, P., & Schnetter, E., Physical Review Letters 99, 041102.
- Black-hole excision with multiple grid patches
Thornburg, J., 2004, Classical and Quantum Gravity 21, 3665.
- A fast apparent horizon finder for three-dimensional Cartesian grids in numerical relativity
Thornburg, J., 2004, Classical and Quantum Gravity 21, 743.
- New transition between discrete and continuous self-similarity in critical gravitational collapse
Lechner, C., Thornburg, J., Husa, S., & Aichelburg, P. C. 2002, Physical Review D 65, 081501(R).