University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
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School of Physics and Astronomy

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

 

Profile: Brian O'Neill

I'm a big fan of numerical analysis and using computers as a tool for performing experiments. Computational simulation is pretty important for testing theory in astrophysics, since we can't exactly grow real stars and galaxies in a lab. As a graduate student, I am working under the supervision of Dr. Tom Jones investigating the formation of cosmic rays in supernova remnants. The expanding shock wave of a supernova explosion provides a peculiar environment in which charged particles can be accelerated to extreme energies through a process called diffusive shock acceleration. My work centers around simulations that investigate this complex interplay of microphysics which unfolds as such shock waves propagate through intersteller plasma.
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