Chris White

Postdoctoral Researcher
Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics
University of California - Santa Barbara

Office: 2411 Kohn 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, & Gammie 2016, ApJS. An Extension of the Athena++ Code Framework for GRMHD Based on Advanced Riemann Solvers and Staggered-Mesh Constrained Transport (arXiv)

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

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


GRMHD with Athena++ and its Application to MAD

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++: beta version now publicly available.

Jim Stone: my PhD advisor. 

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