Dr. Brown's research focuses on astrophysical fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) of stellar interiors and Jovian planetary atmospheres. Brown explores stellar dynamo physics and planetary atmosphere physics through numerical simulations on massivelyparallel supercomputers. This research is conducted using the opensource Dedalus pseudospectral framework, along with the MESA stellar structure code. Brown's research focuses especially on globalscale dynamo action and the properties of convection, studying how largescale fields can be built in the convection zone of a star. Further research is exploring how such dynamos couple to the stablystratified radiative interior through tachoclines of shear and penetrative convection, and has lead to improved treatments of gravity waves within anelastic and other lowmach number models. Results from these dynamo models are being connected with astrophysical observations and laboratory based dynamo experiments.
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magnetohydrodynamics, dynamo physics, compressible convection, atmospheric physics
ASTR 1000  The Solar System
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Fall 2019
Introduction to the night sky, planets, moons and the life in our solar system. Highlights the latest discoveries from space. For nonscience majors. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Offers opportunities for nighttime observations at SommersBausch Observatory. Similar to ASTR 1010, but without lab. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1030.
ASTR 1030  Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1
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Spring 2019
Covers principles of modern astronomy summarizing our present knowledge about the Earth, Sun, moon, planets and origin of life. Requires nighttime observation sessions at SommersBausch Observatory. Required in ASTR major/minor. Like ASTR 1000 and 1010, but taught at a higher intellectual level, including a significant amount of quantitative analysis. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1000 or ASTR 1010.
ASTR 5400  Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
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Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Covers equations of fluid motion relevant to planetary atmospheres and oceans and stellar atmospheres; effects of rotation and viscosity; and vorticity dynamics, boundary layers and wave motions. Introduces instability theory, nonlinear equilibration and computational methods in fluid dynamics. Same as ATOC 5400.
ASTR 5410  Fluid Instabilities, Waves, and Turbulence
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Fall 2018
Involves linear and nonlinear analyses of smallscale waves and instabilities in stratified fluids, with effects of rotation. Studies internal gravity and acoustic waves with terrestrial, planetary and astrophysical applications. Studies thermal and doublediffusive convection, homogeneous and stratified shear flow instabilities. Examines these topics from the onset of small amplitude disturbances to their nonlinear development and equilibration. Department enforced prerequisite: ASTR 5400 or ATOC 5060. Same as ATOC 5410.
ASTR 5550  Observations, Data Analysis and Statistics
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Spring 2019
Introduces multiwavelength observational techniques,their limitations and effects of various noise sources. Describes basic data handling, error analysis, and statistical tests relevant to modeling. Topics include probability distributions, modelfitting algorithms, confidence intervals, correlations, sampling and convolution. Students derive physical measurements and uncertainties with handson analysis of real datasets. Department enforced prerequisite: senior level undergraduate physics or instructor consent will be required.