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Chris White

Graduate Student
Department of Astrophysical Sciences
Princeton University

Email: cjwhite@princeton.edu
Office: 20 Peyton Hall


I am a computational astrophysicist specializing in black hole accretion. I am interested in combining the effects of general relativity, magnetohydrodynamics, and radiative transfer in order to model accretion flows in a variety of systems.

A key tool for this is Athena++, a successor to the MHD code Athena. My role as an Athena++ developer is combining the strength of Athena's MHD with GR, enabling us to run simulations in arbitrary stationary spacetimes.


White & Stone, under revision at ApJS. GRMHD in Athena++ Using Advanced Riemann Solvers and Staggered-Mesh Constrained Transport (ArXiv)

Goodman & White 2016, MNRAS. Stability of metal-rich very massive stars

White, Kasliwal, et al. 2015, ApJ. Slow-speed Supernovae from the Palomar Transient Factory: Two Channels (ArXiv)


Athena++: A New GRMHD Code for Black Hole Accretion

A Peculiar Class of Slow-Speed Supernovae from the Palomar Transient Factory

Additional Links

Curriculum Vitae in PDF format.

Athena++: stay tuned for a public release.

Jim Stone: my PhD adviser.

The Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network between UIUC, Berkeley, and Princeton.