Title: Computational Methods in Theoretical Astrophysics

Eve J. Lee - McGill University Department of Physics

April 12, 2024, 2:30 p.m. - April 12, 2024, 3:30 p.m.

MD 276

Hosted by: Paul Kry

From simple one-dimensional ODE solvers to multi-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations, computational methods are indispensable in theoretical research in astrophysics. I will provide an overview of some of the numerical tools used in my group in constructing an overarching theory of (exo-)planet formation and evolution, including the thermal evolution of planetary gas envelopes, the gravitational interaction within multi-planetary systems, dust-gas dynamics within protoplanetary disks in which the planets form, and the visualization of debris disks, the leftover material of planet formation.

NOTE: Talk was originally for April 5, but moved to April 12 due to flight cancellations.

Dr. Eve J. Lee is an Assistant Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Physics at McGill, and a member of the Trottier Space Institute and the Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets. She leads a theoretical astrophysics group focusing on the formation of planets and stars. She received the 2022 Vainu Bappu Gold Medal by the Astronomical Society of India, and the 2022 Annie Jump Cannon Award by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), for which she gave a keynote lecture at the 2024 winter AAS meeting, in New Orleans, LA.