Who am I?

I am a theoretical astronomer working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews. My main research interests are hydrodynamical integration methods (moving mesh methods, mesh-free methods…) and their application for modelling the formation and evolution of isolated dwarf galaxies. I am currently also involved in the post-processing of galaxy simulations using radiative line-transfer, in collaboration with my supervisor Kenny Wood, and I am coupling radiation hydrodynamics to my own moving-mesh code Shadowfax in a new code called CMacIonize.

Scientific publications

You can find an up-to-date list of my scientific publications using the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS). My most recent important publications are:

Radiative transfer calculations of the diffuse ionised gas in disc galaxies with cosmic ray feedback (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
Vandenbroucke, B., Wood, K., Girichidis, P., Hill, A., Peters, T., 2018, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476, 4032
The Monte Carlo photoionization and moving-mesh radiation hydrodynamics code CMacIonize (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
Vandenbroucke, B., Wood, K., 2018, Astronomy & Computing, 23, 40
The moving mesh code Shadowfax (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
Vandenbroucke, B., De Rijcke, S., 2016, Astronomy & Computing, 16, 109
Constraining the subgrid physics in simulations of isolated dwarf galaxies (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
Vandenbroucke, B., Verbeke, R., De Rijcke, S., 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 458, 912
How the First Stars Shaped the Faintest Gas-dominated Dwarf Galaxies (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
Verbeke, R., Vandenbroucke, B., De Rijcke, S., The Astrophysical Journal, 815, 85

Current projects

These are the projects I am currently working on:

Shadowfax (source, ascl, code paper)
My own moving mesh code. This free software is written in object-oriented C++ and is available on github.
SWIFT (source, code paper)
Massively parallel task-based N-body hydrodynamical code, developed at the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University. The default version of the code uses an SPH hydrodynamical integrator; I am responsible for an alternative mesh-free hydrodynamical implementation.
CMacIonize (source, ascl, code paper)
C++ version of Kenny Wood’s photoionization radiative transfer code.