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Philip Hopkins

California Institute of Technology

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics


Astrid Lamberts, Shea Garrison-Kimmel, Philip Hopkins, Eliot Quataert, James Bullock, Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, Andrew Wetzel, Dusan Keres, Kaliden Drango, and Robyn Sanderson (2018): Predicting the binary black hole population of the Milky Way with cosmological simulations, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (in press)
C. Corbett Moran, M. Y. Grudić, and P. F. Hopkins (2018): The effects of metallicity and cooling physics on fragmentation: implications on direct-collapse black hole formation, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (submitted)
Hopkins, P. and Grudić, M. (2018): Numerical Problems in Coupling Photon Momentum (Radiation Pressure) to Gas, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (submitted)
Robyn E. Sanderson, Shea Garrison-Kimmel, Andrew Wetzel, Tsang Keung Chan, Philip F. Hopkins, Dušan Kereš, Ivanna Escala, Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, and Xiangcheng Ma (2018): Reconciling Observed and Simulated Stellar Halo Masses, The Astrophysical Journal (submitted)
Shea Garrison-Kimmel, Philip F. Hopkins, Andrew Wetzel, Kareem El-Badry, Robyn E. Sanderson, James S. Bullock, Xiangcheng Ma, Freeke van de Voort, Zachary Hafen, Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, Christopher C. Hayward, Eliot Quataert, Dusan Keres, and Michael Boylan-Kolchin (2018): The origin of the diverse morphologies and kinematics of Milky Way-mass galaxies in the FIRE-2 simulations, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (in press)
Hopkins, P. (2018): A New Public Release of the GIZMO Code, (submitted)


Anglés-Alcázar, Daniel; Faucher-Giguère, Claude-André; Quataert, Eliot; Hopkins, Philip F.; Feldmann, Robert; Torrey, Paul; Wetzel, Andrew; Kereš, Dušan (2017): Black Holes on FIRE: Stellar Feedback Limits Early Feeding of Galactic Nuclei, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, The Royal Astronomical Society, Vol 472, Num 1, ppL109-L114


Ji-hoon Kim and Tom Abel and Oscar Agertz and Greg L. Bryan and Daniel Ceverino and Charlotte Christensen and Charlie Conroy and Avishai Dekel and Nickolay Y. Gnedin and Nathan J. Goldbaum and Javiera Guedes and Oliver Hahn and Alexander Hobbs and Philip F. Hopkins and Cameron B. Hummels and Francesca Iannuzzi and Dusan Keres and Anatoly Klypin and Andrey V. Kravtsov and Mark R. Krumholz and Michael Kuhlen and Samuel N. Leitner and Piero Madau and Lucio Mayer and Christopher E. Moody and Kentaro Nagamine and Michael L. Norman and Jose Onorbe and Brian W. O'Shea and Annalisa Pillepich and Joel R. Primack and Thomas Quinn and Justin I. Read and Brant E. Robertson and Miguel Rocha and Douglas H. Rudd and Sijing Shen and Britton D. Smith and Alexander S. Szalay and Romain Teyssier and Robert Thompson and Keita Todoroki and Matthew J. Turk and James W. Wadsley and John H. Wise and and Adi Zolotov (2013): The AGORA High-Resolution Galaxy Simulations Comparison Project, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, The American Astronomical Society, Vol 210, Num 1, pp14


P. F. Hopkins (2012): A General Class of Lagrangian Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Methods and Implications for Fluid Mixing Problems, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Royal Astronomical Society, Vol 428, Num 4, pp2840--2856

Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution

May 30, 2018

For decades, scientists have tried to simulate how the trillions of galaxies in the observable universe arose from clouds of gas after the big bang. But in the past few years, thanks to faster computers and better algorithms, the simulations have begun to produce results that accurately capture both the details of individual galaxies and their overall distribution of masses and shapes.


The galaxy builders

Jun 1, 2018

Galaxy simulations are finally producing realistic results—and surprising insights into the evolution of the universe.