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Research interests

Life and explosive death of massive stars

The origin of the elements

Nuclear astrophysics

Current work comprises the study of massive to supermassive stars (10-100,000 solar masses); the first generations of stars in the universe (Pop III stars); evolution of rotating massive stars and the spin of their remnants (including predictions for GW sources); mixing and transport processes in the stellar interior; nucleosynthesis and the origin of elements, including galacto-chemical evolution - which elements are made where and when; supernovae (mechanisms and nucleosynthesis); gamma-ray bursts (collapsars and similar models) and their progenitors; modeling of Type I X-ray bursts and superbursts (thermonuclear explosions on the surface of neutron stars); stellar rotation of misaligned systems (internal rotation evolution, binary and mutile stars dynamics and interaction).


Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University, 2015 -

Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University, 2012 - 2014.

Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Univeristy of Minnesota, 2008-2012.

Technical Staff Member, Theoretcial Astrophysics Group (T-6), Theory Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2003-2008.

Fellow, Enrico Fermi Institute, The University of Chicago, 2001-2003.

Alexander von Humboldt Feodor Lynen Fellow, Department of Astronomy, The University of Califrnia at Santa Cruz, 1998-2001.

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Dr. rer. nat. (TUM), 1995-1998.

Physics Diploma, TUM, 1989-1995.

Supervision interests

PosDoc, PhD, Masters, Honours, Undergraduate Research (e.g., PHS2350, PHS3350), and Summer Vacation Scholar Projects in the areas above.


Happy to help with problems related to Python and numerical applications (Numpy).

External positions

Guest Professor, Tsung-Dao Lee Institute

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

1 Jan 201531 Jan 2020

Research area keywords

  • Stars
  • Origin of the Elements
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • The FIrst Stars
  • Stellar Rotation
  • Supermassive Stars
  • Accreting Compact Stars
  • Type I X-ray Bursts
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Supernovae
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Hypernovae and GRBs
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Binary and Multiple Stars

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Projects 2015 2021

Nuclear reactions in superdense matter - from the laboratory to the stars

Galloway, D., Heger, A., Schatz, H., Keek, L., Chenevez, J., Cumming, A., Brown, E., Sun, Y., Cyburt, R. H., Thielemann, F. K. & Falanga, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 1996 2019

7 Citations (Scopus)

Accretion in strong field gravity with eXTP

De Rosa, A., Uttley, P., Gou, L. J., Liu, Y., Bambi, C., Barret, D., Belloni, T., Berti, E., Bianchi, S., Caiazzo, I., Casella, P., Feroci, M., Ferrari, V., Gualtieri, L., Heyl, J., Ingram, A., Karas, V., Lu, F. J., Luo, B., Matt, G. & 82 others, Motta, S., Neilsen, J., Pani, P., Santangelo, A., Shu, X. W., Wang, J. F., Wang, J. M., Xue, Y. Q., Xu, Y. P., Yuan, W. M., Yuan, Y. F., Zhang, S. N., Zhang, S., Agudo, I., Amati, L., Andersson, N., Baglio, C., Bakala, P., Baykal, A., Bhattacharyya, S., Bombaci, I., Bucciantini, N., Capitanio, F., Ciolfi, R., Cui, W. K., D’Ammando, F., Dauser, T., Del Santo, M., De Marco, B., Di Salvo, T., Done, C., Dovčiak, M., Fabian, A. C., Falanga, M., Gambino, A. F., Gendre, B., Grinberg, V., Heger, A., Homan, J., Iaria, R., Jiang, J. C., Jin, C. C., Koerding, E., Linares, M., Liu, Z., Maccarone, T. J., Malzac, J., Manousakis, A., Marin, F., Marinucci, A., Mehdipour, M., Méndez, M., Migliari, S., Miller, C., Miniutti, G., Nardini, E., O’Brien, P. T., Osborne, J. P., Petrucci, P. O., Possenti, A., Riggio, A., Rodriguez, J., Sanna, A., Shao, L. J., Sobolewska, M., Sramkova, E., Stevens, A. L., Stiele, H., Stratta, G., Stuchlik, Z., Svoboda, J., Tamburini, F., Tauris, T. M., Tombesi, F., Torok, G., Urbanec, M., Vincent, F., Wu, Q. W., Yuan, F., in’ t Zand, J. J. M., Zdziarski, A. A. & Zhou, X. L., 1 Feb 2019, In : Science China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy. 62, 2, 29 p., 29504.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
18 Citations (Scopus)

Dense matter with eXTP

Watts, A. L., Yu, W. F., Poutanen, J., Zhang, S., Bhattacharyya, S., Bogdanov, S., Ji, L., Patruno, A., Riley, T. E., Bakala, P., Baykal, A., Bernardini, F., Bombaci, I., Brown, E., Cavecchi, Y., Chakrabarty, D., Chenevez, J., Degenaar, N., Del Santo, M., Di Salvo, T. & 56 others, Doroshenko, V., Falanga, M., Ferdman, R. D., Feroci, M., Gambino, A. F., Ge, M. Y., Greif, S. K., Guillot, S., Gungor, C., Hartmann, D. H., Hebeler, K., Heger, A., Homan, J., Iaria, R., Zand, J. I., Kargaltsev, O., Kurkela, A., Lai, X. Y., Li, A., Li, X. D., Li, Z. S., Linares, M., Lu, F. J., Mahmoodifar, S., Méndez, M., Coleman Miller, M., Morsink, S., Nättilä, J., Possenti, A., Prescod-Weinstein, C., Qu, J. L., Riggio, A., Salmi, T., Sanna, A., Santangelo, A., Schatz, H., Schwenk, A., Song, L. M., Šrámková, E., Stappers, B., Stiele, H., Strohmayer, T., Tews, I., Tolos, L., Török, G., Tsang, D., Urbanec, M., Vacchi, A., Xu, R. X., Xu, Y. P., Zane, S., Zhang, G. B., Zhang, S. N., Zhang, W. D., Zheng, S. J. & Zhou, X., 1 Feb 2019, In : Science China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy. 62, 2, 17 p., 29503.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Evolving stellar models to find the origins of our galaxy

Chan, C., Heger, A., Aleti, A. & Smith-Miles, K., 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference: 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2019; Prague; Czech Republic; 13 July 2019 through 17 July 2019. Auger, A. & Stützle, T. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 1129-1137 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Explosions of blue supergiants from binary mergers for SN 1987A

Menon, A., Utrobin, V. & Heger, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 482, 1, p. 438-452 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Neutrino Losses in Type i Thermonuclear X-Ray Bursts: An Improved Nuclear Energy Generation Approximation

Goodwin, A. J., Heger, A. & Galloway, D. K., 10 Jan 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 870, 2, 7 p., 64.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review