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 (radiation) hydrodynamical integration methods (moving mesh methods, mesh-free methods...) and their application for modelling of star formation on small (star-forming) and large (galactic) scales. I am also trying to understand the origin and properties of the diffuse ionised gas in disc galaxies, using a combination of radiation transfer and radiation hydrodynamics simulations.

I am the author of the moving-mesh code Shadowfax and the radiation transfer and (moving-mesh) radiation hydrodynamics code CMacIonize. I am also involved in the development of the massively parallel simulation code swift, together with colleagues in the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

I currently teach 1/3 of the module AS5003 (Contemporary Astrophysics), and am involved with the module PH4031/AS5524 (Fluids/Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics). I am also a senior demonstrator for AS2001/AS2101 (Astronomy and Astrophysics 2). Finally, I am also co-supervisor for Bachelor, Master and Summer Projects, and I will be the co-supervisor of a PhD project at Ghent University (Belgium) that will be advertised soon.

Scientific publications

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

Testing the stability of supersonic ionized Bondi accretion flows with radiation hydrodynamics (journal article)
Vandenbroucke B., Sartorio N. S., Wood K., Lund K., Falceta-Gonçalves D., Haworth T. J., Bonnell I., Keto E., Tootill D., 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press
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

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.