Welcome to URCA!

A summer program funded by the National Science Foundation

URCA was run at NC State from 2012 through 2014. The above image is from the January meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, DC. Several URCA participants from all three years presented their research at the conference.

URCA was an integrated 10-week summer program designed to introduce students to computational physics through original research projects in astrophysics. Applications included supernovae and supernova remnants, interacting binary stars and accreting compact objects, gamma-ray bursts, accretion disks, stellar winds and jets, r-process nucleosynthesis, and neutrino astrophysics. The computational tools taught to and applied by the students include hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic simulations, nuclear reaction networks, Monte-Carlo methods, spectral synthesis codes, and various data analysis techniques applied to both simulation and observational data.