Ryan McKinnon

Ph.D. candidate in physics at MIT, working with Mark Vogelsberger, previously supported by a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Research

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Simulating galactic dust grain evolution on a moving mesh [MNRAS]

Ryan McKinnon, Mark Vogelsberger, Paul Torrey, Federico Marinacci, Rahul Kannan

Self-consistent numerical framework for the dynamics and size evolution of interstellar dust grains, with example application using an isolated disc galaxy

Slices of dust density and dust-to-gas ratio in 3D Sedov blast wave

Evolution of dust coupled to gas through drag in a Sod shock tube

Gas, stellar, and dust densities in disc galaxy tracking grain dynamics and sizes

Evolution of dust mass and grain size distribution for grain physics variations

Comparison of dust surface densities for different grain physics models

Average grain size for dust models, with pixel intensity scaled by dust density

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Simulating the dust content of galaxies: successes and failures [MNRAS]

Ryan McKinnon, Paul Torrey, Mark Vogelsberger, Christopher C. Hayward, Federico Marinacci

Cosmological full-volume simulations analyzing large-scale dust statistics using the passive scalar dust model in the moving-mesh code AREPO

Gas density, temperature, and dust density projections in full volume

Dust mass function at high and low redshift compared with observations

Redshift evolution of volume-integrated dust density parameter

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Dust formation in Milky Way-like galaxies [MNRAS]

Ryan McKinnon, Paul Torrey, Mark Vogelsberger

Cosmological zoom-in simulations of Milky Way-mass galaxies treating dust as a passive scalar using the moving-mesh code AREPO

Gas, gas-phase metal, and dust density evolution from z=5 to z=0

Rotating the z=0 dust distribution about the galactic center

Dust surface density profiles at z=0 (color) compared to observations (gray)

Curriculum Vitae

News

  • January 2018: DOE CSGF interview discussing computational aspects of my research published online
  • April 2017: video recording of my talk at the "Lifecycle of Metals Throughout the Universe" conference made available

Publications

  1. R. Kannan, M. Vogelsberger, F. Marinacci, R. McKinnon, R. Pakmor, et al. AREPO-RT: Radiation hydrodynamics on a moving mesh. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018), submitted.
  2. R. McKinnon, M. Vogelsberger, P. Torrey, F. Marinacci, and R. Kannan. Simulating galactic dust grain evolution on a moving mesh. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 478 (2018), 2851.
  3. P. Torrey, M. Vogelsberger, L. Hernquist, R. McKinnon, F. Marinacci, et al. Similar star formation rate and metallicity variability time-scales drive the fundamental metallicity relation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 477 (2018), L16.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. R. McKinnon, P. Torrey, and M. Vogelsberger. Dust formation in Milky Way-like galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457 (2016), 3775.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 and Honors

  • Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, 2014-present
  • Howard L. Schultz Prize, Yale University, 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2014
  • Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship in the Sciences, 2011, 2013

Contact

ryanmck@mit.edu