I am interested in a variety of topics in star formation. Primarily,
- The formation of massive stars and massive star clusters.
- How stellar feedback — the injection of energy and momentum from young stars into the interstellar medium — limits star formation and affects the dynamics of HII regions.
- Star cluster disruption and its dependence on total stellar mass.
- How stellar feedback drives turbulence in the interstellar medium and may trigger future star formation.
The goal of my research is to understand which stellar feedback processes dominate the star formation process for massive stars and massive star clusters and to determine how feedback from the most massive stars in these clusters can limit star formation and may lead to the cluster’s ultimate disruption. I develop new numerical methods and perform simulations using the three-dimensional radiation-magnetohydrodynamics (RMHD) adaptive mesh refinement code ORION2 and the STARFORGE framework, based on the (finite mass) mesh-less GIZMO RMHD code, to work on these problems.
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