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dc.contributor.advisorMcKinney, Jonathan Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Meganen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-27T05:43:09Z
dc.date.available2019-09-27T05:43:09Z
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/cu1u-oasp
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/25060
dc.description.abstractBlack holes have been a subject of fascination since they were first theorized about over a century ago. There are many questions about them left unanswered. One of these questions is how matter is accreted onto these objects when the plasma around them is rotating in an accretion disk. An answer to this question is likely to be found in the magnetohydrodynamic processes that occur in the plasma, which require highly sophisticated numerical simulations to explore. In this thesis, I describe an analysis of one magnetohydrodynamic instability found in these simulations as well as the observational signatures it produces, which might be recognized in observations of these systems. For the remainder of this thesis, I will discuss the formation and evolution of a formal near-peer mentoring program for women in the University of Maryland physics department. Mentoring programs have been shown to have a number of benefits for both mentors and mentees. Primary among them is an increased sense of belonging and science identity, which is linked to increased retention. Given the so-called "leaky pipeline" problem of women leaving physics, a field where they are already underrepresented, efforts to improve retention are vital and peer mentoring is one way to do this.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleSimulations of Accretion Mechanisms and Observational Signatures of Black Hole Accretion Disksen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPhysicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAstrophysicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledComputational physicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAstronomyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAccretion Disken_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledActive Galactic Nucleien_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledBlack Holesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMagnetohydrodynamicsen_US


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