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.
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
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.