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.
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.
Electromagnetic precursors signals from neutron-star mergers.
Extremely luminous X- and g-ray flashes from super magnetized neutron stars.
Theoretical and numerical studies of waves in plasmas.
Turbulence in magnetically-dominated plasmas: particle-energization and acceleration.
Collisionless shock in magnetized plasmas: particle energization, synchrotron maser instability.
Quantum electrodynamic processes in magnetized plasmas.
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.
I am always happy to discuss possible student projects in high-energy astrophysics, plasma astrophysics, and high-performance computing.