I'm a physics PhD student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physics & Astronomy working under Daniel Proga. Currently I'm studying environmental conditions around supermassive black holes. Specifically, I'm investigating how the fast clouds that are observed in active galactic nuclei (AGN) might form via the thermal instability. This is a problem that can become very complicated, involving both radiation hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and all sorts of astrophysical fluid instabilities may appear. There are well developed mathematical tools to investigate instabilities in the linear regime, but one must typically rely on numerical simulations to study the nonlinear regime (i.e. when perturbations of fluid quantities have grown to the size of the quantities themselves). The MHD code Athena has been an incredibly powerful tool for understanding the nonlinear development of these instabilities. See my simulations and publications pages to learn more about my work on AGN clouds and the thermal instability.

  • density
  • pressure
  • vorticity