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Scott C. Noble


Scott C. Noble's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.6753
Org Code: 663
Mail Code 663
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Scott is a theoretical/computational astrophysicist interested in black holes, their accretion disks, and the radiation magnetohydrodynamics physics inherent to those systems. He knows a bit about computational methods of general relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (GRMHD) codes, and lately uses them to simulate accreting systems about single and binary black holes. He has also designed novel time-dependent grid techniques (e.g., dynamic nonuniform grids, overlapping misaligned multi-patch methods) to capture the variety of time/space scales often encountered in these systems, and is now expanding his repertoire of methods to include nuclear physics techniques for simulating the bright electromagnetic and gravitational wave signals produced by neutron star mergers. 


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Research Astrophysicist

NASA-GSFC - Greenbelt, MD

January 2020 - Present

Senior NASA Postdoctoral Fellow


August 2017 - January 2020

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Physics & Engineering Physics University of Tulsa - Tulsa, OK

August 2014 - January 2020


Perimeter Scholars International Perimeter Institute - Perimeter Institute Waterloo, ON, CANADA

April 2011 - April 2011

Taught a 1-week Master's-level Physics cours on general relativistic magnetohydrodynamics as part of the  “Explorations in Numerical Relativity” course at the Perimeter Scholars International program.

Associate Research Scientist

Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY

September 2009 - August 2014

Associate Research Scientist

Center for Astrophysical Sciences Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD

September 2006 - August 2009

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Center for Theoretical Astrophysics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Urbana, IL

October 2003 - August 2006


  • BS, Physics, Caltech, 1997
  • PhD, Physics (Numerical Relativity), UT-Austin, 2003



2023. "Imaging the Milky Way with Millihertz Gravitational Waves." The Astronomical Journal 166 (1): 17 [10.3847/1538-3881/acd3f1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Addition of tabulated equation of state and neutrino leakage support to illinoisgrmhd." Physical Review D 107 (4): 044037 [10.1103/physrevd.107.044037] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Handing off the outcome of binary neutron star mergers for accurate and long-term postmerger simulations." Physical Review D 106 (8): 083015 [10.1103/physrevd.106.083015] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "HARM3D+NUC: A new method for simulating the post-merger phase of binary neutron star mergers with GRMHD, tabulated EOS and neutrino leakage." Astrophysical Journal 919 (2): 95-110 [10.3847/1538-4357/ac1119] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Electromagnetic emission from a binary black hole merger remnant in plasma: Field alignment and plasma temperature." Physical Review D 103 (6): 063039 [10.1103/physrevd.103.063039] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Inverse Compton Cooling in the Coronae of Simulated Black Hole Accretion Flows." The Astrophysical Journal 904 (2): 117 [10.3847/1538-4357/abc176] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Tidal Disruptions of Main-sequence Stars. IV. Relativistic Effects and Dependence on Black Hole Mass." The Astrophysical Journal 904 (2): 101 [10.3847/1538-4357/abb3cc] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Tidal Disruptions of Main-sequence Stars. III. Stellar Mass Dependence of the Character of Partial Disruptions." The Astrophysical Journal 904 (2): 100 [10.3847/1538-4357/abb3ce] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Tidal Disruptions of Main-sequence Stars. II. Simulation Methodology and Stellar Mass Dependence of the Character of Full Tidal Disruptions." The Astrophysical Journal 904 (2): 99 [10.3847/1538-4357/abb3cd] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Tidal Disruptions of Main-sequence Stars. I. Observable Quantities and Their Dependence on Stellar and Black Hole Mass." The Astrophysical Journal 904 (2): 98 [10.3847/1538-4357/abb3cf] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "On the Maximum Stellar Rotation to form a Black Hole without an Accompanying Luminous Transient." The Astrophysical Journal 901 (2): L24 [10.3847/2041-8213/abb818] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "The Event Horizon General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamic Code Comparison Project." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 243 (2): 26 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab29fd] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Quasi-periodicity of Supermassive Binary Black Hole Accretion Approaching Merger." The Astrophysical Journal 879 (2): 76 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab2453] [Journal Article/Letter]

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics & Engineering Physics, University of Tulsa

  • PHYS 4063: “Electricity & Magnetism”, upper undergraduate level, (Fall 2014, Fall 2015);
  • PHYS 4073: “Electromagnetic Waves & Optics”, upper undergraduate level, (Spring 2015);
  • PHYS 4563: “Astrophysics”, upper undergraduate level, (Spring 2016);
  • PHYS 4982: “Senior Thesis”, Luke Schriewer (AY 2016-2017), Vernon Londagin (AY 2015-2016), Jeffrey Harris (AY 2015-2016), William Bates (Fall 2014);
  • PHYS 7003: “Advanced Classical Mechanics”, graduate level, (Fall 2015, Fall 2016);
  • PHYS 7063: “Electromagnetic Theory”, graduate level, (Spring 2016, Spring 2017);
  • PHYS 7971: “Graduate Seminar”, graduate level, organized Physics Colloquia, supervised student attendance (AY 2015-2016);

Co-Instructor, Perimeter Institute, Perimeter Scholars International, April 2011:

  • Lead a 1-week Master's-level Physics course on general relativistic magnetohydrodynamics as part of the “Explorations in Numerical Relativity” course at the Perimeter Scholars International program.

Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, Intersession 2008 (3 weeks, 27 hours of instruction):

  • Physics & Astronomy 171.299.01, “Intro. to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers”

Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2000):

  • Physical Science 303: “Physics Lab” for Liberal Arts majors. Prepared original lectures and material supplement- ing existing teaching material, responsible for lab experiment setup, design, and execution;

Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin (Fall 1997 - Fall 1999) : 

  • PHY 101L: “Mechanics Lab” Calculus-based, for Scientists and Engineers (lab in- structor);
  • PHY n303K: “Engineering Physics I” (grader);
  • PHY 309K: “Mechanics and Heat” (test maker, teaching assistant);
  • PHY 329: “Computational Physics” (system administrator);