Petros Tzeferacos

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Petros Tzeferacos

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High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (2)
Physics - Plasma Physics (2)
Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (2)
Astrophysics of Galaxies (1)
Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (1)
Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors (1)
Physics - Computational Physics (1)
Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (1)

Publications Authored By Petros Tzeferacos

We introduce an entirely new class of high-order methods for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based on the Gaussian Process (GP) family of stochastic functions. Our approach is to use kernel-based GP prediction methods to interpolate/reconstruct high-order approximations for solving hyperbolic PDEs. We present the GP approach as a new formulation of high-order (magneto)hydrodynamic state variable interpolation that furnishes an alternative to conventional polynomial-based approaches. Read More

The recent advent of spatially resolved mm- and cm-wavelength polarimetry in protostellar accretion discs could help clarify the role of magnetic fields in the angular momentum transport in these systems. The best case to date is that of HL~Tau, where the inability to produce a good fit to the 1.25-mm data with a combination of vertical and azimuthal magnetic field components was interpreted as implying that centrifugally driven winds (CDWs) are probably not a significant transport mechanism on the $\sim 10^2\,$au scale probed by the observations. Read More

Proton radiography is an important diagnostic method for laser plasma experiments, and is particularly important in the analysis of magnetized plasmas. The theory of radiographic image analysis has heretofore only permitted somewhat limited analysis of the radiographs of such plasmas. We furnish here a theory that remedies this deficiency. Read More

We propose a new way of generating magnetized supersonic jets using a ring laser to irradiate a flat surface target. Using 2D FLASH code simulations which include the Biermann Battery term, we demonstrate that strong toroidal fields can be generated and sustained downstream in the collimated jet outflow far from the target surface. The field strength can be controlled by varying the ring laser separation, thereby providing a versatile laboratory platform for studying the effects of magnetic field in a variety of astrophysical settings. Read More

The Biermann Battery effect is frequently invoked in cosmic magnetogenesis and studied in High-Energy Density laboratory physics experiments. Generation of magnetic fields by the Biermann effect due to mis-aligned density and temperature gradients in smooth flow behind shocks is well known. We show that a Biermann-effect magnetic field is also generated within shocks. Read More

Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) play a crucial role as standardizable cosmological candles, though the nature of their progenitors is a subject of active investigation. Recent observational and theoretical work has pointed to merging white dwarf binaries, referred to as the double-degenerate channel, as the possible progenitor systems for some SNe Ia. Additionally, recent theoretical work suggests that mergers which fail to detonate may produce magnetized, rapidly-rotating white dwarfs. Read More