Dr Ian Hawke
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Ian Hawke works on numerical simulations of neutron stars - the mathematical and computational aspects of extreme fluids in Einstein's theory of relativity.
There's a lot we don't know about the solutions of Einstein's equations in extreme cases. Numerical calculations can supply the brute force - we need the mathematics to get past the ignorance.
Since building an international collaboration on simulating relativistic fluids based in Europe, Ian moved to Southampton as a Lecturer in 2005. He continues to be involved in the international Cactus project for large scale simulations and is an author and maintainer of the Whisky code for simulating relativistic hydrodynamics, and has worked on related projects such as the Carpet mesh refinement code and the Einstein toolkit. He now has research interests in all aspects of numerical simulations of neutron stars, including relativistic multifluids and solid (elastic) matter.
He is co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling. This £10m Centre will train over 50 PhD students in the broad numerical skills required for computational research over the next 5 years.