Who am I?
I am a theoretical astronomer working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ghent University. 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. Currently, I am working on the implementation of polarised dust emission off non-spherical grains in the radiative transfer code skirt
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.
- CMacIonize 2.0: a novel task-based approach to Monte Carlo radiation transfer (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
- Vandenbroucke B., Camps, P., 2020, Astronomy & Astrophysics, in print
- CosTuuM: Polarized Thermal Dust Emission by Magnetically Oriented Spheroidal Grains (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
- Vandenbroucke B., Baes M., Camps, P., 2020, The Astronomical Journal, 160, 55
- Radiation hydrodynamics simulations of the evolution of the diffuse ionized gas in disc galaxies (arXiv pre-print, journal article)
- Vandenbroucke B., Wood K., 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 488, 1977
- Testing the stability of supersonic ionized Bondi accretion flows with radiation hydrodynamics (arXiv pre-print, 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, 485, 3771
- 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
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 1, code paper 2)
- Monte Carlo photoionization and radiation hydrodynamics code that uses a novel task-based algorithm for Monte Carlo radiation transfer.
- CosTuuM (source, code paper)
- Python library that generates optical property tables for spheroidal dust grains that can be used in radiative transfer applictions, e.g. the radiative transfer code SKIRT.