Tom Abel (SIMES Seminar)

Date/Time
Date(s) - Nov 14 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location
Shasta Room, Bldg. 40, Room 361

Category(ies)


Dark Matter Dynamics

Tom Abel

Acting Director of Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) and Associate Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics and of Physics

Computational Physics allows us to study extremely non-linear systems with fidelity. In astrophysical hydrodynamics and studies of galaxy formation much of the last two decades we have explored various discretization techniques and found subtle differences in some applications. Interestingly numerical studies of collisionless fluids such as e.g. the collapse of cold dark matter to form the large scale structure of the Universe has only been studied meaningfully with one approach; N-body Monte Carlo techniques. I will introduce a novel simulation approach, and demonstrate its feasibility, that for the first time can study a collisionless system in the continuum limit in multi-dimensions. I will also show this new technique opens a new window in making sense of structure formation as well as plasma physics. In this context we have developed a novel rasterization/voxelization algorithm applicable in computational geometry, computational physics, CAD design and other fields. I show how these approaches allow also for much improved predictions for  gravitational lensing, dark matter annihilation, properties of cosmic velocity fields , and many other applications.