Terrence Tricco

I am best described as a numerical astrophysicist. I am broadly interested in star formation, computational astrophysics, and scientific computing.

My research studies the formation of protostars and the star formation environment of molecular clouds using computational simulations. This is a multi-physics problem involving hydrodynamics, gravity, turbulence, magnetic fields, dust, and other physical processes. To accurately model these physics often requires the development of new algorithms and software optimised for high performance computing clusters.

I currently hold a Research Fellowship at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

I previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter in the UK. I obtained my PhD from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and originally started out right here in Canada, earning a BSc and MSc from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
University of Toronto
60 St. George Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 3H8

Recent Publications

Is the dust-to-gas ratio constant in molecular clouds?, Tricco, Terrence S., Price, D. J., Laibe, G., MNRAS Letters, 471, L52-L56, 2017. (arXiv:1706.05107, ADS)

Phantom: A smoothed particle hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics code for astrophysics, Price, D. J., Wurster, J., Nixon, C., Tricco, Terrence S., et al, submitted to PASA. (arXiv:1702.03930)

Magnetic field evolution and reversals in spiral galaxies, Dobbs, C. L., Price, D. J., Pettitt, A. R., Bate, M. R., Tricco, Terrrence S., MNRAS, 461, 4482-4495 2016. (arXiv:1607.05532, ADS)

Constrained hyperbolic divergence cleaning in smoothed particle magnetohydrodynamics with variable cleaning speeds, Tricco, Terrence S., Price, D. J., Bate, M. R., J. Comput. Phys., 322, 326-344, 2016. (arXiv:1607.02394, ADS)

A comparison between grid and particle methods on the small-scale dynamo in magnetised supersonic turbulence, Tricco, Terrence S., Price, D. J., Federrath, C., MNRAS, 461, 1260-1275, 2016. (arXiv:1605.08662, ADS)