Computation bridges observation and theory, and allows one to perform virtual experiments to help understand the physical processes behind the astronomical phenomena we see. Simulations are used across the range of lengthscales in the Universe, from understanding planetary processes, the formation and deaths of stars, galaxy structure, and the large scale structure of the Universe itself. In this talk I will summarize the techniques used in computational astrophysics and focus on simulations of stellar explosions, highlighting the work done here at Stony Brook.
Prof. Zingale is an Associate Professor of Astronomy in Stony Brook's department of Physics and Astronomy. He joined the Department in 2006, coming most recently from a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in modeling stellar explosions and the basic physics therein, and he is an expert in numerical hydrodynamics.