Tom Hands
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Theoretical Astrophysics Group, University of Leicester, UK


Welcome to my home page at the University of Leicester. I am a final year PhD student in the Theoretical Astrophysics group, studying the assembly of planetary systems embedded in protoplanetary discs under the supervision of Dr. Richard Alexander. In particular, I am currently using a combination of N-body and viscous accretion disc modelling techniques to gain insight into the observed distribution of exo-planets. You can find me on twitter here. If you are looking for my exoplanet visualisation video, you can see it below.

If you will look closely in the background you will observe a toy N-body integrator, running in real-time, written in Javascript and rendering to a HTML 5 canvas. This is currently actively modelling the gravitational interaction between 3 bodies, which are trapped in a figure-of-8 orbit with one another. Please examine the control options at the bottom of this page to interact with this simulation! If you're interested in going further down the browser-simulation rabbit hole, I've also made some preliminary progress on a browser-based SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) code, written in DART. You can see a test simulation of a gas cloud falling onto a binary here.