Lewis Dursi

  • Program Years: 1999-2003
  • Academic Institution: University of Chicago
  • Field of Study: Astrophysics
  • Academic Advisor: Robert Rossner
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, California (2000)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 2004
    M.Sc. Physics, Queen's University, 1996
    B.Sc. Physics and Computer Science, St.Mary's University, 1994

Current Status

  • Status: Senior Research Associate, Canadian Institute for Theoretcial Astrophysics
  • Research Area: Computational Astrophysics, Large-scale Simulation, Hydrodynamics, Combustion, Magneto Hydro Dynamic


L. J. Dursi (2007). Bubble-Wrap for Bullets: The Stability Imparted By A Thin Magnetic Layer. ApJ 670

M. Zingale, L. J. Dursi (2007). Propagation of the First Flames in Type Ia Supernovae. ApJ 656:333

L. J. Dursi, F. X. Timmes (2006). Local Ignition in Carbon/Oxygen White Dwarfs - One-zone Ignition and Spherical Shock Ignition of Detonations. ApJ 641:1071

L. J. Dursi (2004). The Linear Instability of Astrophysical Flames in Magnetic Fields. ApJ, Accepted.

A. Alexakis et al (2004). On Heavy Element Enrichment in Classical Novae. ApJ, 602:931

A. Alexakis et al (2004). On the nonlinear evolution of wind-driven gravity waves. Physics of Fluids, 16:3256

G. Dimonte et al (2004). A comparative study of the turbulent Rayleigh-Taylor instability using high-resolution three-dimensional numerical simulations: The Alpha-Group collaboration. Physics of Fluids, 16:1668

L. J. Dursi, et al (2003). The Response of Model and Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flames to Curvature and Stretch. ApJ, Vol 595

M. Zingale, L. J. Dursi, et al (2002). Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes. ApJSS, Vol 143, pp. 539--566

A. C. Calder, et al (2002). On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code. ApJSS, Vol. 143, pp. 201--229.

B. Fryxel et al (2001). Numerical Simulations of Thermonuclear Flashes on Neutron Stars. Nuclear Physics A, vol 688, pp. 172--176

A. C. Calder et al, (2000). High-Performance Reactive Fluid Flow Simulations Using Adaptive Mesh Refinement on Thousands of Processors. Proceedings of Supercomputing 2000.

F. X. Timmes et al (2000). On the Cellular Structure of Carbon Detonations. ApJ vol 543, pp. 938--954.


Jeffrey L. Bishop Fellowship in Dynamics, CITA (2006-2007)
Joseph Sheffield Memorial Society (October 2001)
U. Chicago Astronomy Dept. D. McMinn Award for Teaching outside of the University (May 2001)
Gordon Bell award in High Performance Computing, Special Category (November 2000)
Krell Institute Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (Sept 1999 - Sept 2003)
Queen's University Reinhardt Fellowship (Sept 1996 -- Sept 1996)
Government of Canada NSERC Graduate Fellowship (Sept 1994 -- Sept 1996)
Government of Canada Canada Scholarship (Sept 1990 -- May 1994)