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:

The Monte Carlo photoionization and moving-mesh radiation hydrodynamics code CMacIonize
Vandenbroucke, B., Wood, K., submitted to Astronomy & Computing
The moving mesh code Shadowfax
Vandenbroucke, B., De Rijcke, S., 2016, Astronomy & Computing, 16, 109
Constraining the subgrid physics in simulations of isolated dwarf galaxies
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
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)
C++ version of Kenny Wood’s photoionization radiative transfer code.