Ryan McKinnon

Summary of Research

My research lies within the field of computational astrophysics and uses numerical methods to model the physical processes that govern galaxy formation. This work incorporates techniques in high performance computing and statistics to gain insight into the dynamics of complex astrophysical systems.

Publications

C. Barbarino, M. T. Botticella, M. Dall'Ora, M. Della Valle, S. Benetti, et al. LSQ14efd: observations of the cooling of a shock break-out event in a type Ic Supernova. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 471 (2017), 2463.

R. McKinnon, P. Torrey, M. Vogelsberger, C. C. Hayward, and F. Marinacci. Simulating the dust content of galaxies: successes and failures. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 468 (2017), 1505.

J. Polshaw, R. Kotak, L. Dessart, M. Fraser, A. Gal-Yam, et al. LSQ13fn: A type II-Plateau supernova with a possibly low metallicity progenitor that breaks the standardised candle relation. Astronomy & Astrophysics 588 (2016), A1.

R. McKinnon, P. Torrey, and M. Vogelsberger. Dust formation in Milky Way-like galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457 (2016), 3775.

P. Torrey, S. Wellons, F. Machado, B. Griffen, D. Nelson, et al. An analysis of the evolving comoving number density of galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 454 (2015), 2770.

M. Nicholl, S. J. Smartt, A. Jerkstrand, C. Inserra, S. A. Sim, et al. On the diversity of superluminous supernovae: ejected mass as the dominant factor. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 452 (2015), 3869.

E. E. Gall, J. Polshaw, R. Kotak, A. Jerkstrand, B. Leibundgut, et al. A comparative study of Type II-P and II-L supernova rise times as exemplified by the case of LSQ13cuw. Astronomy & Astrophysics 582 (2015), A3.

E. S. Walker, C. Baltay, A. Campillay, C. Citrenbaum, C. Contreras, et al. First Results from the La Silla-QUEST Supernova Survey and the Carnegie Supernova Project. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 219 (2015), 13.

M. Nicholl, S. J. Smartt, A. Jerkstrand, S. A. Sim, C. Inserra, et al. LSQ14bdq: A Type Ic Super-luminous Supernova with a Double-peaked Light Curve. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 807 (2015), L18.

S. J. Smartt, S. Valenti, M. Fraser, C. Inserra, D. R. Young, et al. PESSTO: survey description and products from the first data release by the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects. Astronomy & Astrophysics 579 (2015), A40.

A. Pastorello, E. Hadjiyska, D. Rabinowitz, S. Valenti, M. Turatto, et al. Massive stars exploding in a He-rich circumstellar medium - VI. Observations of two distant Type Ibn supernova candidates discovered by La Silla-QUEST. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 449 (2015), 1954.

N. E. Sanders, A. M. Soderberg, S. Gezari, M. Betancourt, R. Chornock, et al. Toward Characterization of the Type IIP Supernova Progenitor Population: A Statistical Sample of Light Curves from Pan-STARRS1. The Astrophysical Journal 799 (2015), 208.

R. E. Firth, M. Sullivan, A. Gal-Yam, D. A. Howell, K. Maguire, et al. The rising light curves of Type Ia supernovae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 446 (2015), 3895.

R. A. Scalzo, M. Childress, B. Tucker, F. Yuan, B. Schmidt, et al. Early ultraviolet emission in the Type Ia supernova LSQ12gdj: No evidence for ongoing shock interaction. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 445 (2014), 30.

M. Nicholl, S. J. Smartt, A. Jerkstrand, C. Inserra, J. P. Anderson, et al. Superluminous supernovae from PESSTO. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 444 (2014), 2096.

M. R. Drout, R. Chornock, A. M. Soderberg, N. E. Sanders, R. McKinnon, et al. Rapidly Evolving and Luminous Transients from Pan-STARRS1. The Astrophysical Journal 794 (2014), 23.

K. Maguire, M. Sullivan, F. Patat, A. Gal-Yam, I. M. Hook, et al. A statistical analysis of circumstellar material in Type Ia supernovae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 436 (2013), 222.

C. Baltay, D. Rabinowitz, E. Hadjiyska, E. S. Walker, P. Nugent, et al. The La Silla-QUEST Low Redshift Supernova Survey. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 125 (2013), 683.

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2013
Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship in the Sciences, 2011, 2013