Scott Noble, PhD

Scott Noble, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physics
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Physics and Engineering Physics
918-631-3309 Website Keplinger Hall Room 1185


PhD – University of Texas-Austin BS – California Institute of Technology


Physicist interested in exploiting modern high-performance computing to solve astrophysics problems in the strong-field limit of gravity.

Research Interests

Relativistic Astrophysics
General Relativity
Black Holes
Accretion Disks
High Performance Scientific Computing

Teaching Interests

Electricity and Magnetism
Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
Advanced Classical Mechanics
General Relativity


Journal Articles

  • Shiokawa, Hotaka et al. “General Relativistic Hydrodynamic Simulation of Accretion Flow from a Stellar Tidal Disruption.” The Astrophysical Journal 804.2 (2015): 85. Print.

  • Zlochower, Yosef et al. “Inspiraling Black-Hole Binary Spacetimes: Transitioning from Analytical to Numerical Techniques.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1504.00286 (2015): n. pag. Print.

  • Zilhao, Miguel et al. “Resolving the Relative Influence of Strong Field Spacetime Dynamics and MHD on Circumbinary Disk Physics.” Physical Review D 91.2 (2015): 024034. Print.

  • Mundim, Bruno et al. “Approximate Black Hole Binary Spacetime via Asymptotic Matching.” Physical Review D 89.8 (2014): 084008. Print.

  • Zilhao, Miguel, and Scott Noble. “Dynamic Fisheye Grids for Binary Black Hole Simulations.” Classical and Quantum Gravity 31.6 (2014): 065013. Print.

  • Philipp, M et al. “GRHydro: a New Open-Source General-Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics Code for the Einstein Toolkit.” Classical and quantum gravity 31.1 (2014): 015005. Print.

  • Leung, Po, Charles Gammie, and Scott Noble. “Bessel: Fast Bessel Function Jn (z) Routine for Large n, z.” Astrophysics Source Code Library 1 (2013): 06013. Print.

  • LeungP., GammieC., and NobleS. Harmony: Synchrotron Emission Coefficients. Vol. 1, Astrophysics Source Code Library, 2013, p. 06003.
  • SchnittmanJ., KrolikJ., and NobleS. X-Ray Spectra from Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations of Accreting Black Holes. Vol. 769, The Astrophysical Journal, 2013, p. 156.
  • NobleS., MundimB., NakanoH., KrolikJ., CampanelliM., ZlochowerY., and YunesN. Circumbinary Magnetohydrodynamic Accretion into Inspiraling Binary Black Holes. Vol. 755, The Astrophysical Journal, 2012, p. 51.
  • ShiokawaH., DolenceJ., GammieC., and NobleS. Global General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations of Black Hole Accretion Flows: A Convergence Study. Vol. 744, The Astrophysical Journal, 2012, p. 187.
  • DolenceJ., GammieC., ShiokawaH., and NobleS. Near-Infrared and X-Ray Quasi-Periodic Oscillations in Numerical Models of Sgr A*. Vol. 746, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2012, p. L10.
  • NobleS., GammieC., McKinneyJ., and Del ZannaL. PVS-GRMHD: Conservative GRMHD Primitive Variable Solvers. Vol. 1, Astrophysics Source Code Library, 2012, p. 10026.
  • LeungP., GammieC., and NobleS. Numerical Calculation of Magnetobremsstrahlung Emission and Absorption Coefficients. Vol. 737, The Astrophysical Journal, 2011, p. 21.
  • NobleS., KrolikJ., SchnittmanJ., and HawleyJ. Radiative Efficiency and Thermal Spectrum of Accretion onto Schwarzschild Black Holes. Vol. 743, The Astrophysical Journal, 2011, p. 115.
  • NobleS., KrolikJ., and HawleyJ. Dependence of Inner Accretion Disk Stress on Parameters: The Schwarzschild Case. Vol. 711, The Astrophysical Journal, 2010, p. 959.
  • NobleS., KrolikJ., and HawleyJ. Direct Calculation of the Radiative Efficiency of an Accretion Disk Around a Black Hole. Vol. 692, The Astrophysical Journal, 2009, p. 411.
  • NobleS., and KrolikJ. GRMHD Prediction of Coronal Variability in Accreting Black Holes. Vol. 703, The Astrophysical Journal, 2009, p. 964.
  • NobleS., and ChoptuikM. Type II Critical Phenomena of Neutron Star Collapse. Vol. 78, Physical Review D, 2008, p. 064059.
  • GammieC., NobleS., and LeungP. Numerical Models of Black Hole Accretion Flows. Vol. 177, Computer physics communications, 2007, pp. 250–253.
  • NobleS., LeungP., GammieC., and BookL. Simulating the Emission and Outflows from Accretion Discs. Vol. 24, Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2007, p. S259.
  • NobleS., GammieC., McKinneyJ., and Del ZannaL. Primitive Variable Solvers for Conservative General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics. Vol. 641, The Astrophysical Journal, 2006, p. 626.
  • NobleS., LEUNGP., GammieC., and BookL. SIMULATING VLBI IMAGES OF Sgr A. Vol. 23, Proceedings of the MG11 Meeting on General Relativity, 2006, p. 29.
  • NobleS. A Numerical Study of Relativistic Fluid Collapse. arXiv preprint gr-qc/0310116, 2003.
  • NobleS., and ChoptuikM. Collapse of Relativistic Fluids. Work in progress http://laplace. physics. ubc. ca/ scn/fluad, 2002.
  • NobleS., ChoptuikM., and NeilsenD. FLUAD: The (; S) Equations. 1999.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Physical Society