My research group studies neutron star mergers, supernovae, and other cosmic transients. These extraordinary events are responsible for the creation of most heavy elements in the Universe, and are the sites where stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars are born.
Exploring these highly non-linear and complex systems involves investigating the interplay of multiple processes that, in some cases, operate in regimes beyond the reach of terrestrial laboratories. To unravel the secrets of these events, we conduct large-scale numerical simulations using cutting-edge supercomputing facilities. The ultimate goal is to gain insight into these phenomena by generating predictions that can be tested with observations in photons, gravitational waves, and/or neutrinos, as well as nuclear astrophysics experiments.
rafernan AT ualberta DOT ca
Department of Physics
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1
UAlberta Physics Department
UAlberta Theoretical Physics Institute
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Digital Research Alliance of Canada
US National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
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