Adrián Ayala GómezFPI fellow.
Departamento de Física Teórica y del Cosmos
No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it. (Richard Feynman)
Current research and research interests
After obtaining my BSc in Physics and my MSc in Nuclear Physics (focused on Quantum Chromodynamics), both from the University of Seville, I held a FPI grant to work on theoretical stellar models and astroparticles in the Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis group of the Granada University.
My research interests deal with the search of evidences and constraints on new particles from astrophysical data. More in detail I try to find hints of dark matter candidates, like axions, by comparison of theoretical models, considering axion emission from evolved stars, and observations of globular clusters. I also study hidden photon bounds from RGB (Red Giant Branch) luminosity functions.
My main areas of expertise are the numerical simulations of the evolution of low mass stars taking into account most relevant effects, from nuclear reactions to convection. In addition, I use data analysis software (including Monte Carlo, Fortran, Python and Linux tools) in the post processing of simulation results.
As a theoretical astrophysicist I’m also interested in other topics, from Cosmology and early Universe to the chemical evolution of galaxies, as well as high performance computation methods in Astrophysics.
More about research lines
A star inside a computer
link to the ADS database
Physics laboratory for geologists (Experimental work on Mechanics, Thermodynamics, waves and Electromagnetism).
Some interesting links about Physics and Astrophysics
Gravitational waves discovery is one of the scientific hits of this year. If you want to know more about it, just have a look on this site: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/
Astroph (recent papers on Astrophysics ): http://arxiv.org/catchup
CalTech is one of the best places in the world, for Astrophysics : http://www.astro.caltech.edu/
Do you want to have a look on a moving picture of the Universe every day? : http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
An amazing and interactive Physics course (in spanish) : http://www.sc.ehu.es/sbweb/fisica/default.htm
Are you ready for a trip around the Universe? Then sit down and enjoy Simbad!: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-fbasic