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Wesley Paul Even

Phone (505) 665-5269


  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Coupled multi-physics simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics applications in astrophysics
  • High Energy Density Plasmas and Fluids
  • High energy density physics (HED)
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
  • Astrophysics
  • High-energy physics (HEP)
  • Nucleosynthesis in stars


  • Computational Physics — I have experience in implementing scalable numerical methods for hydrodynamics, radiation, and nuclear reactions for application in high energy density physics experiments and astrophysics.  This includes extensive work in running and analyzing simulations and developing frameworks to automate these processes.
  • Astrophysics — I have expertise in simulating a wide variety of topics in stellar astrophysics including compact star mergers (white dwarfs and neutron stars), the electromagnetic emission from supernovae and other transients, and explosive nucleosynthesis


  • Ph.D. Physics - Louisiana State University (2010)
  • M.S. Physics - Louisiana State University (2008)
  • B.S. Physics - University of Northern Iowa (2003)

LANL Positions

  • R&D Scientist - CCS-2 (2013 - Present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant - XTD-6/CCS-2 (2010-2013)
  • Graduate Research Assistant - XTD-6 (2010)


Selected publications

  1. A Comparison of Grid-based and SPH Binary Mass-transfer and Merger Simulations Motl, P.,  Frank, J., et. al., 2017 ApJS, 229, 47
  2. Fast evolving pair-instability supernova models: evolution, explosion, light curves Kozyreva, A., Gilmer, M., et. al., 2017 MNRAS, 264, 2845
  3. Uncertainties in radiation flow experiments Fryer, C., Dodd, E., et. al., 2016, HEDP, 18, 45
  4. The Effects on Supernova Shock Breakout and Swift Light Curves Due to the Mass of the Hydrogen-rich Envelope Bayless, A., Even, W., et. al., 2015, ApJ, 805, 98
  5. Observational constraints of stellar collapse: Diagnostic probes of nature's extreme matter experiment Fryer, C., Even, E., et. al, 2015, AIPA, 4, 04104
  6. Finding the First Cosmic Explosions. I. Pair-instability Supernovae Whalen, D., Even, W., et. al., 2013, ApJ, 777, 110
  7. Illuminating the Primeval Universe with Type IIn Supernovae Whalen, D., Even, W., et. al., 2013, ApJ, 768, 195
  8. The Los Alamos Supernova Light-curve Project: Computational Methods Frey, L., Even, W., et. al., 2013, ApJS 204, 16
  9. Constructing Synchronously Rotating Double White Dwarf Binaries Even, W., & Tohline, J., ApJS, 184, 248
  10. Molecular dynamics simulations of noble gases encapsulated in C60 Fullerene Even, W., Smith, J., & Roth, M., 2005, Molecular Simulation, 31, 204