about me

I am a Theoretical and Computational physicist with background in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics.

Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology where I work on a code to determine equations of state of nuclear matter using different Skyrme parametrizations. The goal is to produce equations of state to study the accretion induced collapse of white dwarf stars into neutron stars. Eventually the code will be made opensource so other groups can use it in their simulations.

Previously I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University Bloomington, where I also obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2013. At Indiana University  (IU) I performed large scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of dense plasmas and nuclear pasta with the IUMD code on the Kraken and BigRed II supercomputers. These simulations were used to understand the phase diagram of dense matter and study the structure and evolution of compact stars. I also used visualization software to make images and movies of the massive parallel simulations and used high performance computing tools to perform data analysis on its output.

In 2008 I had a brief research position at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. There I worked phase transitions of quark matter to nuclear matter and its effect on the mass-radius relation of neutron stars.

My career in physics started at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil where I obtained a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. degrees. At UFSC I developed a code to determine nucleon wave-functions in closed-shell spherical nuclei and another code to obtain cross-sections of electron-nuclei quasi-elastic scattering.

My main career interests are:

  • nuclear astrophysics
  • nuclear physics
  • high performance computing
  • scientific visualization
  • data analysis
  • science teaching and outreach