ASIAA Summer Students Program
ASIAA Summer Student Program 2021
July 1 - August 31

2021 Project Description

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Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Hydro Simulations I. the first supernovae and the origins of heavy elements

Computational Astrophysics
High Energy Astrophysics
Theoretical Astrophysics


Ken Chen
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Task Description and Goals

Based on modern cosmology, only hydrogen and helium were made in the first few minutes after the universe emerged. Most of the elements necessary to life as we know it did not exist at that time. About 100 million years later, the first stars started to form and to forge for the first time the chemical elements needed for life, including carbon and oxygen, in the inferno of the stellar interior. When those stars reached the end of their life, most of them died as supernovae, some of the most powerful explosions in the universe. Such an explosion was so powerful that it disrupted the entire star and ejected the newly created elements into its surroundings. By studying supernovae, we try to understand how the essential elements for life are made and how they are dispersed throughout the galaxies and end up in planets like Earth. Our project is to study supernovae, using sophisticated numerical simulations with high-performance computing. In particular, We are interested in the first generation of stars to ever form, and their supernovae which were even more energetic than most supernovae today. Please refer to my group website for more information: Ken's Group Home Page

Required Background

1. Passion for astrophysical research 2. Independent thinking 3. Hard working

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