Hi, and welcome to my website! My name is Elaad Applebaum, and I am a PhD candidate in astrophysics at Rutgers, advised by Dr. Alyson Brooks. Feel free to read about the science I do using the links above, as well as a bit about my interests. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hello, feel free to contact me.


My research focuses on using cosmological simulations to help answer astrophysical questions

  • About the Simulations

    These simulations involve forming and evolving realistic galaxies in large volumes. I use N-Body+SPH simulations, meaning the equations governing gravity and fluid dynamics are solved simultaneously. To learn more about the code or to use it in your own work, click the Learn More button.

  • Dwarf Galaxies

    Dwarf galaxies are both the smallest and the most abundant galaxies, and are some of the best tests of our astrophysical and cosmological theories. My current interest lies in tying our simulated dwarf galaxies to current and future observations of the nearby Universe and beyond. In particular, I am interested in ultra-faint dwarf galaxies, which are galaxies with as few as several hundred or thousand stars.

  • Star Formation

    Since simulation resolution is limited by computational resources, analytic prescriptions for star formation must be included. One of my interests is in building realistic, physically motivated star formation and feedback schemes. See recent work on stellar sampling methods, for example.


I am not presently teaching any courses, as I am supported by the Blue Waters Fellowship.

    Previous courses I have taught include:

  • Physics 124H: Analytical Physics IB Honors (Rutgers, Course Assistant)
  • Physics 123H: Analytical Physics IA Honors (Rutgers)
  • Physics 343: Observational Radio Astronomy (Rutgers)
  • Physics 227: Analytical Physics IIA, Electricity and Magnetism (Rutgers)
  • Physics 211: Introduction to Classical Mechanics (UIUC)
  • Physics 100: Thinking About Physics (UIUC)

Curriculum Vitae

For a PDF version of my CV, click here. My publications are listed below.


If you would like to reach me, feel free to email me, or stop by my office in Serin 331. You can also find me on GitHub and LinkedIn.