General relativistic radiation magnetohydrodynamics.
High resolution models of turbulent flames.
Turbulence in massive stars.
State-of-the-art neutrino radiation hydrodynamics.
Large-scale structure, star formation, and supermassive black hole growth.
SPH simulations of binary mergers.
Particle-in-cell simulations of reconnection.
The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics brings together a diverse set of scientists from across Los Alamos National Laboratory to study a wide variety of topics at the forefront of astrophysical research.
Scientists within the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics collaborate internally and externally on a broad range of topics. Our diverse expertise and the collaborative environment we maintain allow us to tackle the most challenging problems at the forefront of theoretical and computational astrophysics.
With more than 50 active astrophysicists, Los Alamos National Laboratory is an exciting place to carry out astrophysical research. Though these scientists are spread broadly among organizations at LANL, the CTA establishes a community within which we organize and share projects.
Los Alamos National Laboratory is located in beautiful Northern New Mexico about a 40 minute drive northwest of Santa Fe. The area has outstanding opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.
Members of the CTA are extremely active in outreach, both locally and in surrounding communities. Check out our Outreach Page for more info.
CTA scientists are engaged in a wide variety of projects. Some of these topics are listed below with links to more information.
Check out opportunities to join LANL's CTA.
Black hole astrophysics, supernovae, numerical methods and algorithms
Transient light curves, compact mergers, supernovae, nucleosynthesis
Theoretical atomic physics, radiative opacities, transient light curves
Radiation-hydrodynamics, reaction networks
Gamma-ray astronomy, supernovae, Monte Carlo transport
The first stars, planets, galaxies, supernovae and black holes
Supernovae, computational methods, code development
Gamma-ray bursts, their emission physics, and their use as cosmological tools
Type Ia supernovae
Transient light curves, radiation transport methods
Tidal disruption events, overset mesh methods
Formation of molecular cloudes, stars and planets, MHD, radiation transport, HEDP
nLTE opacities, radiation transport, HPC, heterogeneous computing
Supernovae, numerical methods, hydrodynamics, nucleosynthesis, stellar evolution
Neutron star mergers, r-process, hydrodynamics, HPC, general relativity
r-process nucleosynthesis, computational physics on GPUs
Dust formation, supernovae, density functional theory
Numerical relativity, numerical methods, hydrodynamics
Kinetic transport simulation, Nuclear astrophysics, hydrodynamics
Galaxy evolution, interstellar medium, computational astrophysics
Stellar evolution modeling (TYCHO), asteroid impact mitigation (xRAGE), habitable zones, astrobiology
AGN, X-ray binaries, magnetohydrodynamics, hydrodynamical instabilities
For more information on any of our activities or to inquire about opportunities to work with our team, please use the contact information below or contact the appropriate team member directly.