Dr. Joseph ("Joe") Barranco

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Research Interests

  • Computational Astrophysical & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • The Dynamics of Gas & Dust in Protoplanetary Disks



  • Movies of the Zombie Vortex Instability


    Selected Publications

    Marcus, P., Pei, S., Jiang, C.-H., Barranco, J., Hassanzadeh, P., Lecoanet, D. 2014, ``Zombie Vortex Instability I: A Purely Hydrodynamic Instability to Resurrect the Dead Zones of Protoplanetary Disks,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 808:87-102.

    Penev, K., Barranco, J. & Sasselov, D. 2011, ``Three-Dimensional Spectral Simulations of Anelastic Turbulent Convection,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 734:118-134.

    Lee, A.T., Chiang, E., Asay-Davis, X. & Barranco, J.A., ``Forming Planetesimals by Gravitational Instability. II. How Dust Settles to its Marginally Stable State,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 725:1938-1954.

    Lee, A.T., Chiang, E., Asay-Davis, X. & Barranco, J.A., ``Forming Planetesimals by Gravitational Instability. I. The Role of the Richardson Number in Triggering the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 718:1367-1377.

    Penev, K., Barranco, J. & Sasselov, D. 2009, ``Direct Calculation of the Turbulent Dissipation Efficiency in Anelastic Convection,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 705:285-297.

    Barranco, J.A. 2009, ``Three-Dimensional Simulations of Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in Settled Dust Layers in Protoplanetary Disks,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 691:907-921.

    Barranco, J.A. & Marcus, P.S. 2006, ``A 3D Spectral Anelastic Hydrodynamic Code for Shearing, Stratified Flows,'' The Journal of Computational Physics, 219:21-46.

    Barranco, J.A. & Marcus, P.S. 2005, ``Three-Dimensional Vortices in Stratified Protoplanetary Disks,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 623:1157-1170.

    Barranco, J.A., Marcus, P.S., & Umurhan, O.M. 2000, ``Scalings and Asymptotics of Coherent Vortices in Protoplanetary Disks,'' in Studying Turbulence Using Numerical Simulation Databases - VIII, Proceedings of the 2000 Summer Program, Stanford University/NASA-Ames Center for Turbulence Research, p.85-95.

    Barranco, J.A. & Marcus, P.S. 2000, ``Vortices in Protoplanetary Disks and the Formation of Planetesimals,'' in Studying Turbulence Using Numerical Simulation Databases - VIII, Proceedings of the 2000 Summer Program, Stanford University/NASA-Ames Center for Turbulence Research, p.97-108.

    Barranco, J.A. & Goodman, A.A. 1998, ``Coherent Dense Cores. I. NH_3 Observations,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 504:207-222.

    Goodman, A.A., Barranco, J.A., Wilner, D.J., & Heyer, M.H. 1998, ``Coherence in Dense Cores. II. The Transition to Coherence,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 504:223-246.