Research & Publications

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 adaptive mesh refinement code ORION2 to work on these problems.

Referred publications
  1. “Evolution of Stellar Feedback in Hii Regions”, Olivier, G.M., Lopez, L.A., Rosen, A.L., Nayak, O., Reiter, M., Krumholz, M.R., Bolatto, A.D., submitted to Astrophysical Journal
  2. “Continuity of Accretion from Clumps to Class 0 High-Mass Protostars”, Avison A., Fuller, G.A., Peretto, N. Duarte-Cabrel, A., Rosen, A.L., Traficante, A., Pineda, J.E., Güsten, R., & Cunningham, N., submitted to Astronomy & Astrophysics
  3. Winds in Star Clusters Drive Kolmogorov Turbulence“, Gallegos-Garcia, M., Burkhart, B., Rosen, A.L., Naiman, J.P., Ramirez-Ruiz, E., 2020, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 899, 30
  4. The Role of Outflows, Radiation Pressure, and Magnetic Fields in Massive Star Formation“, Rosen, A.L. and Krumholz, M.R., 2020, Astronomical Journal, 168, 78
  5. “Zooming in on Individual Star Formation: Low- and High-mass Stars”, Rosen, A.L., Offner, S.S.R., Sadavoy, S.I, Vasquez-Semadani, E., Ginsburg, A., 2020, Space Science Reviews
  6. “Formation and Evolution of Disks Around Young Stellar Objects”, Zhao, B, Tomida, K, Hennebelle, P., Tobin, J.J., Maury, A., Hirota, T., Sanchez-Monge, A., Kuiper, R., Rosen, A., Bhandare, A., Padovani, M., Lee, Y.,  2020, Space Science Reviews, 216, 43
  7. “Circumbinary Disks: Accretion and Torque as a Function of Mass Ratio and Disk”, Duffell, P.C., D’Orazio, D., Derdzinski, A., Haiman, Z., MacFayden, A., Rosen, A.L., & Zrake, J., 2019, Astrophysical Journal, 901, 25
  8. “Massive Star Formation via the Collapse of Subvirial and Virialized Turbulent Massive Cores”, Rosen, A.L., Li, P.S., Zhang, Q., Burkhart, B, 2019, The Astrophysical Journal, 887, 108, NASA ADS
  9. unyt: Handle, manipulate, and convert data with units in Python, Goldbaum, N.J., ZuHone, J.A., Turk, M.J., Kowalik, K., Rosen, A.L, 2018, Journal of Open Source Software, 3, 28, 809, NASA ADS
  10. “Hybrid Adaptive Ray-Moment Method (HARM2): A Highly Parallel Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics on Adaptive Grids”, Rosen, A.L., Krumholz, M.R., Oishi, J.S., Lee, A.T., & Klein, R.I., 2017,  Journal of Computational Physics,  NASA ADS
  11. “An Unstable Truth: How Massive Stars get their Mass”, Rosen, A.L., Krumholz, M.R., McKee, C.F., & Klein, R.I., 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 2553, NASA ADS
  12. Gone with the Wind: Where is the Missing Wind Energy from Massive Star Clusters?, Rosen, A.L., Lopez, L.A., Krumholz, M.R., & Ramirez-Ruiz, E., 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 442, 2701, NASA ADS
  13. “What Sets the Initial Rotation Rates of Massive Stars?”, Rosen, A.L., Krumholz, M.R., & Ramirez-Ruiz, E., 2012, The Astrophysical Journal, 745, 145, NASA ADS

Link to my google scholar page

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