Name: Sam Skillman
Location: KIPAC / Stanford / SLAC
Position: Kavli Fellow
Interests: Astrophysics, Hydrodynamics, Cosmology
I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow at KIPAC, which is a joint institute between Stanford and SLAC. I earned my PhD in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department at the University of Colorado in Boulder in May of 2013. I earned my B.S. in Physics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. I grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, and have made my way back to the west coast in San Francisco.
I’m interested in numerical simulations of astrophysical phenomena. Lately I’ve been working on cosmological simulations using Enzo which is an Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) hydrodynamics + N-Body code. I look at the non-thermal components of galaxy clusters that arise from accretion and merger shocks. I’ve also started working on a bit of synthetic xray observations looking at cool core clusters and their cooling and star formation/feedback. I also work on yt. Most recently I've been involved in the Dark Sky Simulations.