Ben Bromley

Curriculum Vitae

Ben Bromley portrait
  • Department Chair Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Professor, Physics And Astronomy

Research

Research Summary

Theoretical and computational astrophysics. Research areas include planet formation, galactic dynamics and relativistic astrophysics.

Research Statement

My research is focused on the formation of structure in the Universe. I did my PhD work on the formation of galaxies, galaxy clusters and superclusters. More recently I started studying the formation of smaller things: planets. Along the way, my collaborators and I have considered a variety of other topics including accretion flows onto supermassive black holes, galaxy dynamics, hypervelocity stars and behavior of dark matter. Much of my work depends on parallel supercomputers to extract the science, and I am grateful to NASA for the generous allocation of compute cycles.

Research Keywords

  • Astrophysics, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • Smashing Rocks, Other. 01/01/2011 - present.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • The Formation of the Outer Solar System. PI: Kenyon, S. J. Co-PI(s): Bromley, B. C.. NASA, 07/14/2011 - 07/13/2017. Total project budget to date: $212,000.00
  • Formation of Gas Giant Planets. PI: Kenyon, S. J. Co-PI(s): Bromley, B. C.. NASA, 01/21/2010 - 01/20/2013. Total project budget to date: $189,000.00
  • The formation of Pluto's low mass satellites. PI: Kenyon, S.J. Co-PI(s): Bromley, B.C.. NASA, 01/15/2017 - 01/14/2020. Total project budget to date: $204,517.00
  • Keck Observation of HR 8799. PI: Currie, T. Co-PI(s): (Burrows, A., Bromley, B.C., Kenyon, S. J., Kuchner, M.). NASA (time allocation), 10/29/2012 - 11/02/2012. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • UTAH PLANET FORMATION. PI: BROMLEY,BENJAMIN C. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 01/01/2012 - 06/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $28,000.00
  • PERIODIC STANDING WAVE. PI: BROMLEY,BENJAMIN C. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT BROWNSV, 07/01/2004 - 06/30/2008. Total project budget to date: $47,290.00
  • NAG58277. PI: BROMLEY,BENJAMIN C. NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENT, 03/01/1999 - 02/28/2003. Total project budget to date: $109,239.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Utah Planet Formation. PI: Bromley, B. C. Co-PI(s): Gerton, J., Ivans, I.. 06/2011 - 12/2011.
  • Planet Formation. PI: Kenyon, S. J. Co-PI(s): Bromley, B. C.. 01/2010 - present.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Parallel supercomputing. C++ with MPI. ODE and Poisson solvers. Visualization.

Software Titles

  • Orchestra. Parallel Hybrid N-body--coagulation code for planet formation. Release Date: 12/2012. Inventors: Scott J. Kenyon Benjamin C. Bromley. Distribution List: [code description in press; distribution is currently limited.].