Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics



Ph.D. Program in Computational Astrophysics (AstroComp)

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The University developes forefront research on computational astrophysics, computational fluid dynamics and astrophysically driven numerical methods. In addition ongoing research comprises, e.g.,theoretical and numerical studies on the physics of the interstellar medium in galaxies (including molecular clouds and star formation, Local Bubble, disk-halo interaction in spirals, mixing and chemodynamics), supersonic turbulence and plasma emission.

The University is involved in international consortia involving ongoing (e.g., Chandra, XMM-Newton, WSO-UV, Planck) and proposed (Gamma Ray Imager, CORE) space missions, as well as, high performance computing in Europe (PRACE funded by EC under the FP7 framework, ASTROSIM funded by ESF) and coordinated Supercomputing networks under European Comission.

We are therefore in an unique position to train successfull graduate students in the business of high performace computing and it's use in Astrophysics research.



Goals of the Program

Train with high standards both tecnical and scientifically young high profile researchers to be enrroled in research, development and applicational work in Astrophysics or another scientific area, including engineering, requiring deep knowledge in high performance computing and advanced numerical technics.


The Program Offers
  • International level training by well known experts in the field
  • European mobility for the graduate students during their training
  • Financial Support to the Best Applicants
  • Specialized Training in:
  • High Performance Computing including
    • Usage of dedicated boards
    • Parallel computing with multi-core CPUs and GPUs (Graphics Cards)
    • High level programming languages, MPI, OpenMP and OpenCL

  • Advanced Numerical Technics for
    • Adaptive mesh refinement & parallel block mesh refinement
    • Gas dynamics (hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics)
    • Smooth particle hydrodynamics and N-body methods
    • Spectral methods for turbulence modelling

  • Astrophysical Topics
    • Atomic and molecular plasma emission
    • Physics of interstellar medium in galaxies
    • Structure formation at all scales including galaxies formation
    • Subsonic and supersonic turbulence including fractals
    • Astrophysical fluid dynamics

The Ph.D. program is divided into two parts:
  • Graduate Course - Composed of several courses on high performance computing, advanced numerical analysis and data reduction and statistical methods.
The graduate course is useful for those who want to learn high performace computing and advanced numerical technics, but do not want to be enrolled in Astrophysical Research. Hence this course can be attended by any graduate student from different scientific areas including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geosciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics of Atmosphere, Engineering, Financial Engineering, etc.
  • Research Program - Composed by research on advanced topics in Astrophysics

Eligibility for the Graduate Course and Research Program

  • Graduate Course - any student providing it has completed successfully the 1st Cicle of Bologna within the areas stated above.
  • Ph.D. Program - any student that has completed successfully the 1st and/or 2nd Bologna Cicles or is already enrolled in any Physics, Astronomy or Mathematics Ph.D. program.

Career Options

Research in Astrophysics, Physics, applied Mathematics and Engineering - with applications to Biophysics, Geosciences, Physics of Atmospheres, Medical Sciences, Biology, Financial engineering, etc.


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