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.
- 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
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.