My name is Ugo Niccolò Di Carlo and I am a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics at University of Padova. Welcome to my webpage! Feel free to contact me if you are curious about anything.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the DemoBlack research group. You can find below more info about my research interests. Here is a cool animation I did that kind of sums up what I do.
Star Cluster Formation
We still don't know much about how star clusters look like as soon as they form. Using complex hydrodynamical simulations I try to address this problem, simulating the collapse of turbulent giant molecular clouds.
I study the formation of gravitational wave sources, such as merging black hole binaries. I investigate how different environments and conditions may lead to sources with different properties. I am also interested in the formation of intermediate mass black holes.
Star Cluster Dynamics
I study the complex dynamics of stars in crowded environments, such as young star clusters and open star clusters. I am also interested in nuclear star clusters and globular clusters dynamics. To perform these studies, I use high order direct N-Body simulations.
In my research, I adopt a variety of numerical techniques, such as direct summation N-body simulations and smoothed particle hydrodynamics codes. Such techniques enable me to numerically study a variety of different processes and environments. I run my simulations on HPC supercomputers, exploiting both CPUs and GPUs. I like programming and I analyze my simulations with my own codes, mainly written in Python and C++.