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Andrew MacFadyen
Associate Professor of Physics
MS, PhD University of California, Santa Cruz
BA Columbia
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Phone:(212) 992-8785
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I work on models of the explosive death of massive stars and on the growth of black holes from stellar collapse and at the centers of galaxies. I make use of parallel computers to simulate the flow of gas in astrophysical environments where strong shock waves, ultra-relativistic speeds, and magnetic fields as well as neutrino emission and nuclear reactions are important.
Selected Publications:

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"Collapsars: Gamma-Ray Bursts and Explosions in `Failed Supernovae,'" MacFadyen, A. I.; Woosley, S. E. The Astrophysical Journal, 524, 262 (1999).

"Supernovae, Jets and Collapsars," MacFadyen, A. I.; Woosley, S. E.; Heger, A. The Astrophysical Journal, 550, 410 (2001).

"RAM: A Relativistic Adaptive Mesh Refinement Hydrodynamics Code," Zhang, Weiqun; MacFadyen, Andrew I. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 164, 255 (2006).

"Stellar Explosions by Magnetic Towers" Uzdensky, Dmitri A.; MacFadyen, Andrew I. The Astrophysical Journal, 647, 1192 (2006).

"An Eccentric Circumbinary Accretion Disk and the Detection of Binary Massive Black Holes," MacFadyen, Andrew I.; Milosavljevic, Milos The Astrophysical Journal, 672, 83 (2008).