I'm interested in supernovae, neutron star mergers, and other transient systems. These are some of the most spectacular events in the Universe, where most of the heavy elements form, and where neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes are born.
These systems are highly non-linear and complex due to the interplay of multiple processes, with Physics operating in regimes beyond what can be tested in laboratories on Earth. To learn about these events I run large-scale numerical simulations on supercomputing facilities. The ultimate goal is to gain insight into these systems by making predictions that can be tested with observations.
rafernan AT ualberta DOT ca
Department of Physics
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1