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Brian O'Neill
Institute for Astrophysics
University of Minnesota
116 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tate Laboratory of Physics 475A

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Welcome to the website of Brian O'Neill, PhD student in Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota. I received my bachelor's degrees in Astronomy and Engineering Physics and my Master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Illinois. While there, I worked on research projects dealing with star formation and instrumentation.

Currently, my research interests are in theoretical and computational astrophysics. I'm a big fan of approximation and the art of numerical analysis, using brute force plug and chug techniques to find approximate solutions to otherwise unsolvable systems of equations. Using computers that can do trillions of calculations per second lets us use such techniques to simulate the dynamics of real astrophysical environments. Right now, I am working on a project with Professor Tom Jones to better understand radio relics, large structures observed in the radio part of the spectrum that appear to be associated with shock waves resulting from the mergers of galaxy clusters.