Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Center for Theoretical Astrophysics

Focusing on a broad range of computational astrophysics topics


Rendering of a smooth particle hydrodynamics calculation of two white dwarfs merging

Rendering of a smooth particle hydrodynamics calculation of two white dwarfs merging

Center for Theoretical Astrophysics: collaborative science

The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics spans a wide range of divisions and directorates. Core scientists reside in the following divisions:

In turn, they work on collaborations with scientists in these divisions:

The Lab has roughly 50 active astrophysicists; 80% of them are permanent staff.

Research Areas
  • Cosmology and the first stars: Cosmology calculations using a broad range of tools (e.g., ENZO and Gadget), focused on studying the formation of the first stars and black holes
  • Active galactic nuclei: Evolution of massive black holes, studying both radiation and magneto-hydrodynamic effects
  • Star and planet formation: Formation of the solar system, extra-solar planets.
  • Engines behind transients: Thermonuclear and core-collapse supernovae, gamma-ray burst, and x-ray burst engines.
  • Nuclear astrophysics: Understanding the behavior of matter and nuclear densities and applying these effects (neutrinos, equations of state) to supernova models
  • Nucleosynthesis: Yields from stars and supernovae, nuclear cross-sections (tying to experiment), galactic chemical evolution
  • Supernova remnants: Following the engine through the remnant phase, effects of NLTE opacities, and magneto-hydrodynamics
  • Emission from astrophysical transients: Modeling spectra and light-curves, radiation-hydrodynamics effects, atomic physics
  • Cosmic rays: Generation and propagation of cosmic rays from gamma-ray bursts and supernovae. Ties to a number of missions (e.g., HAWC, NuSTAR).
  • Experimental astrophysics: Many of the fields leverage laboratory experiments in plasma physics, turbulence, radiation transport, nuclear, and atomic physics.
Physics Outreach

Information on outreach activities of the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics can be found on the Astrophysics Outreach page.

  • Paul Bradley (XCP-6)
  • Joe Carlson (T-2)
  • Vincenzo Cirigliano (T-2)
  • Aaron Couture (P-27)
  • Brenda Dingus (P-23)
  • Josh Dolence (CCS-2)
  • Jennifer Donley (XTD-PRI)
  • Wes Even (CCS-2)
  • Chris Fontes (XCP-5)
  • Lucy Frey (XCP-1)
  • Chris Fryer (CCS-2)
  • Stefano Gandolfi (T-2)
  • Fan Guo (T-2)
  • Galen Gisle (XTD-IDA)
  • Joyce Guzik (XTD-BTA)
  • Pat Harding (P-23)
  • Aimee Hungerford (XCP-DO)
  • Candace Joggerst (XTD-PRI)
  • Jarrett Johnson (XTD-PRI)
  • Toshihiko Kawano (T-2)
  • Brendan Krueger (XCP-2)
  • Hye Young Lee (P-27)
  • Hui Li (T-2)
  • Nicole Lloyd-Ronning (CCS-2)
  • Chris Malone (XCP-1)
  • Zach Medin (XCP-2)
  • Peter Moller (T-2)
  • Michael Murillo (CCS-2)
  • Katie Mussack (XTD-IDA)
  • Andy Nelson (XCP-2)
  • Cathy Plesko (XTD-NTA)
  • Kathy Prestridge (P-23)
  • Bob Robey (XCP-2)
  • Joe Smidt (XTD-IDA)
  • Terrance Strother (XTD-IDA)
  • Patrick Talou (T-2)
  • Tom Vestrand (ISR-2)
  • Rod Whitaker (EES-17)
  • Przemyk Wozniak (ISR-2)
  • Allan Wollaber (CCS-2)
  • Jeff Haack (CCS-2)
  • Oleg Korobkin (CCS-2)
  • Irina Sagert (XTD-IDA)
  • Ryan Wollaeger (CCS-2)
  • Sydney Andrews (T-CNLS)
  • Austin Davis (P-23)
  • Laura Elgin (XTD-IDA)
  • Ebraheem Farag (XTD-IDA)
  • Forrest Glines (XTD-IDA)
  • Cole Kendrick (XCP-2)
  • Katie Kosak (XTD-NTA)
  • Elizabeth Lovegrove (XCP-1)
  • Hugh Morgan (XTD-NTA)
  • Woody VanDervort (XTD-IDA)
  • Brandon Wiggins (CCS-2)

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