Plasma Astrophysics Group

Plasma Astrophysics Group

The Plasma Astrophysics Group uses state-of-the-art supercomputer simulations to model astrophysical plasmas. We focus on understanding the radiative plasma physics of magnetar flares, neutron-star mergers, accretion flows around black holes, and enigmatic fast radio bursts.

The research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project ILLUMINATOR. The project aims to unravel how neutron stars generate their observed electromagnetic radiation.

High-Energy Astrophysics

Accretion Flows

Accretion flows around black holes: energization of the disk corona & origin of state transitions.

Fast Radio Bursts

Micro-to-millisecond duration radio flashes of unknown cosmic origin.

Neutron-Star Mergers

Electromagnetic precursors signals from neutron-star mergers.

Magnetar Flares

Extremely luminous X- and g-ray flashes from super magnetized neutron stars.

Plasma Physics

Plasma Waves

Theoretical and numerical studies of waves in plasmas.


Turbulence in magnetically-dominated plasmas: particle-energization and acceleration.

Collisionless Shocks

Collisionless shock in magnetized plasmas: particle energization, synchrotron maser instability.

QED Processes

Quantum electrodynamic processes in magnetized plasmas.

High-performance computing

We also have a long track record in using high-performance computing solutions and building open-source simulation tools. As part of this effort, we are actively developing and maintaining the modern GPU/CPU-portable plasma code Runko.

Runko: Modern C++/Python CPU/GPU Plasma Toolkit written in C++/Python.


I am always happy to discuss possible student projects in high-energy astrophysics, plasma astrophysics, and high-performance computing.