Visualizations of turbulent simulations are not only extremely useful for scientific understanding, but often they are also aesthetically pleasing. Here we present a selection of images and movies produced using BHAC, with links to the research papers that feature the underlying simulations.

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Plasmoid chains in a very high resolution simulation of black hole accretion. Image credit: Ripperda, B., Bacchini, F. et al.
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Volume rendering of a simulation of black hole accretion. Image credit: Weih, L.
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Synthetic images of a supermassive nonrotating black hole, a rotating black hole and a boson star (from left to right), using the parameters of the 2017 EHT observation campaign of the galactic center. Ray-tracing: BHOSS code. Synthetic imaging: EHTIM. Image credit: Fromm, C., Younsi, Z., Olivares, H.
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Composite image at different times of a gas cloud closely following a geodesic in a boson star spacetime.
Image credit: Teodoro, M. Link to paper
Volume rendering of a magnetic flux tube, a simple model to study jets and other structures in black hole coronae.
Image credit: Ripperda, B.
Zoom into a 3D simulation of black hole accretion. The color maps show density and magnetic field strength, and it is possible to see the different levels of adaptive mesh refinement. Image credit: Porth, O.
This simulation features in Olivares et al. 2019 and Davelaar et al. 2019.
Multiple zooms to a black hole launching a jet, used for modeling M87. Credit: Cruz-Osorio, A. Simulation features in: Cruz-Osorio et al. 2022 and Fromm et al. 2022.
Ray-traced (left) and synthetic images (right) of a Kerr (top) and a dilaton (bottom) black hole. A modified version of this image was used for the cover of Nature Astronomy in April 2018. Credit: Mizuno, Y., Fromm, C.M., Younsi, Z. Paper: Mizuno et al. 2018.
Resistive GRMHD simulation of the fundamental process of magnetic flux ejection through plasmoid-mediated magnetic reconnection on a black hole horizon. Credit: Bransgrove, A., Ripperda, B., Philippov, A.
High resolution special relativistic resistive MHD simulations of magnetized decaying turbulence show dynamic formation of large scale intermittent long-lived current sheets being disrupted by the tearing instability into plasmoid chains. These current sheets are locations of enhanced magnetic field dissipation and heating of the plasma. Credit: A. Chernoglazov, B. Ripperda, A. Philippov.