Research

Overview

I am interested in stellar structure and evolution-- how stars live and die. In particular, I make computer models of classical and recurrent novae, which are the thermonuclear runways that result from this accretion. I then use these models to predict and explain observations of these events, dozens of which are detected every year.

Novae are a common event in the universe, and their prodigious luminositities, at tens or hundreds of thousands of times greater than that of our sun, make them visible in other galaxies. They are important in the chemical evolution of the galaxies, and they may be an important stepping stone in the path to type Ia supernovae, which are violent explosions that created half of the iron in your body.

Find me on ADS for an exhaustive list of my refereed publications, or look at my CV for a more general summary.

Recurrent Nova RS Oph
Artist's conception of the recurrent nova RS Oph. Credit: David A. Hardy

Novae are a common event in the universe, and their prodigious luminositities, at tens or hundreds of thousands of times greater than that of our sun, make them visible in other galaxies. They are important in the chemical evolution of the galaxies, and they may be an important stepping stone in the path to type Ia supernovae, which are violent explosions that created half of the iron in your body.

Find me on ADS for an exhaustive list of my refereed publications, or look at my CV for a more general summary.

Other Papers

Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA): Pulsating Variable Stars, Rotation, Convective Boundaries, and Energy Conservation
2019

Bill Paxton, R. Smolec, Josiah Schwab, et al.

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
The Impact of White Dwarf Luminosity Profiles on Oscillation Frequencies
2018

F. X. Timmes, Richard H. D. Townsend, Evan B. Bauer, et al.

The Astrophysical Journal
The Impact of Nuclear Reaction Rate Uncertainties on the Evolution of Core-collapse Supernova Progenitors
2018

C. E. Fields, F. X. Timmes, R. Farmer, et al.

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
The volumetric rate of superluminous supernovae at z ̃ 1
2017

S. Prajs, M. Sullivan, M. Smith, et al.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Rapidly Rising Transients in the Supernova—Superluminous Supernova Gap
2016

Iair Arcavi, William M. Wolf, D. Andrew Howell, et al.

The Astrophysical Journal
Population of post-nova supersoft X-ray sources
2016

Monika D. Soraisam, Marat Gilfanov, William M. Wolf, et al.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Photoionization Heating of Nova Ejecta by the Post-outburst Supersoft Source
2015

Timothy Cunningham, William M. Wolf, and Lars Bildsten

The Astrophysical Journal
Identification of the Optical Counterpart of Fermi Black Widow Millisecond Pulsar PSR J1544+4937
2014

Sumin Tang, David L. Kaplan, E. Sterl Phinney, et al.

The Astrophysical Journal
An Accreting White Dwarf near the Chandrasekhar Limit in the Andromeda Galaxy
2014

Sumin Tang, Lars Bildsten, William M. Wolf, et al.

The Astrophysical Journal