Alexei M. Khokhlov

Senior Fellow


Khokhlov's research is in theoretical and computational astrophysics and reactive flow fluid dynamics. His main focus is large-scale multi-dimensional numerical simulations of thermonuclear Type Ia supernova explosions. These supernovae are "standard candles" used for measuring fundamental parameters of the universe. Khokhlov also works on terrestrial combustion and explosion phenomena relevant to physics of Type Ia's, such as turbulent flames and detonations. Other directions of his research are core-collapse supernovae, experiments with laser-driven and combustion-driven flows that mimic supernova phenomena, numerical general relativity, and numerical methods for adaptive integration of non-linear partial differential equations.