Massimo Gaspari, Ph.D.
I am NASA Einstein and Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.
I have been working for a decade in the field of Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics focusing on the formation and evolution of galaxies, groups, clusters, and the co-evolution of supermassive black holes (SMBHs). I further study the astrophysics of active galactic nuclei (AGN) feedback, diffuse plasmas, and multiphase gas. I primarily develop and carry out 3D high-resolution MHD simulations with massively parallel supercomputers (>10k cores). I use first-principle simulations as controlled astrophysical experiments to interpret a wide range of multiwavelength observations (e.g., X-ray, optical, radio), at the same time constructing and probing new quantitative physical models.
α Theoretical & Numerical Astrophysics: formation and evolution of galaxies, groups, clusters.
β Astrophysics of (supermassive) black holes and accreting objects.
γ Multiphase gas astrophysics: instabilities, warm filaments, molecular clouds, dust, metals.
δ AGN feedback (jets, outflows, radiation) versus cooling flows and star formation.
ε Astrophysical plasmas (ICM, IGrM, CGM, ISM): MHD, turbulence, conduction, shocks.
ζ Quantiative comparison with multiwavelength observations (X-ray, optical, IR, radio, 21cm).
η High-resolution 3D magneto-hydrodynamic simulations.
θ Independent developer of several physical and numerical modules (e.g., for FLASH).
κ Adaptive mesh refinement and cloud-in-cell particles (dark matter, stars, BHs).
λ Massive parallelization and optimization for HPC supercomputers (e.g., NASA – Pleiades).
• 95 publications: 2500+ citations; h-index 27
• $2.9 million funding + 59 million CPU-hrs ($1.6 million) allocated
• 51 invited talks and colloquia (80+ presentations)
• 37 accepted observing programs (100+ proposals)