IllinoisPaul Ricker

COSMOLOGICAL SIMULATION GROUP

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

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I am a professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois and a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. As a computational astrophysicist, I apply large-scale numerical simulations on parallel computers to the solution of challenging problems in astrophysics and cosmology. My research interests currently include the evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, binary stars, and supernovae. I also work on computer science/applied mathematics topics such as parallel numerical algorithm development, simulation code architecture, and grid-enabled cyberinfrastructure for astrophysics.

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From left to right: common envelope phase in the evolution of a close binary star; galaxy cluster distribution in the LCDM model; simulated sky map of galaxy cluster radio halos; simulated X-ray observation of a galaxy cluster. Click on the images to learn more.