Alan C. Calder

University of Chicago
ASCI Flash Center
5640 South Ellis
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: (773) 834-3904
Fax: (773) 834-3230

I am a research scientist at the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago. I completed my graduate studies and received a Doctor of Philosopy degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in August of 1997. My dissertation research was investigating the role of convection in core collapse supernovae using multidimensional hydrodynamics coupled to multigroup neutrino transport. My dissertation research was performed at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in the Physics Division.

Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and star bubble....
...mostly toil.

My research is in theoretical astrophysics, and I spend most of my time trying to make stars explode. Well, really trying to simulate stellar explosions. At the Flash Center we are addressing problems involving thermonuclear flashes, events or rapid or explosive thermonuclear burning. The problems of interest include type I x-ray bursts, novae, and Type Ia supernovae. The image at left is from a three-dimensional simulation of the deflagration phase of a Type Ia supernova. The flame was ignited slightly off-center, and grew into a rapidly rising fireball breaking through the surface.

Also, as my reseach involves numerical modeling, I have extensive experience with large scale computing. During my research, I have been part of the development of several new multi-physics codes, most recently with the Flash code.

Our work on Type Ia supernovae appeared in the news recently. Click here for the New York Times article. Other articles about our researh include a Chicago Magazine article and an article about our nova research in USA Today . Earlier, there were articles in the Chicago Chronicle about validating our results and winning the Gordon Bell Prize, the biggest award in supercomputing.

Further details about our research may be found on the Flash Center web page or my research page.

Those interested may view my CV by clicking here for a PDF version.

I am also an instructor at the School of the Art Institute where I have taught courses on Planetary Science and the Search for Life in the Universe. Details may be found on my teaching page.

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