Highlights

See below for a few highlights from my recent work. I regularly post things to my twitter profile (@JBorrow) if you want an even more up-to-date list! This page usually contains interesting visualisations and tid-bits; for an overview of my published research work please see publications.

Visualising the Early Universe

A galaxy protocluster at redshift z=5.5 (the very early universe). The inner regions of the maps show the temperature of the gas, the middle regions show the photon density in the gas, and the outer regions showing metallicity. The object is extracted from the THESAN simulation of reionization.

This image is featured in the Aesthetic Computation gallery.

Mountains from Cosmological Simulations

A mountainous structure created from a SWIFT cosmological simulation (25 Mpc volume) with swiftsimio and matplotlib. The visualisation shows the whole volume, with the height and colour of the peaks corresponding to the local projected density. Uses the red colour map from my library swiftascmaps

A Pipeline for Galaxy Formation

Part of my current work with the SWIFT and EAGLE teams is leading the analysis pipeline. Here, we use our custom analysis pipeline along with the VELOCIraptor halo finder and observational data to immediately produce publication-quality figures from every simulation. Not only is this convenient, but it allows us to extract insights in a maintainable and reproducible way; instead of using a single script to produce a figure, the velociraptor-python library produces everything from simple metadata.

Visualising the Cosmic Web

As the lead of the SWIFT and EAGLE analysis pipeline, it was important to me that we had in-house solutions for visualising data. Many out of the box solutions exist, but we frequently have complex needs. Because of this, I created swiftsimio, now published in JOSS, to visualise our SPH simulation data. The image above has featured in the international press, and was created using swiftsimio.

Views on the EAGLE Simulation

The EAGLE simulation has many properties that we can take a view on; the picture above combines the gas density, gas temperature, dark matter density, a shock finder, and the gas metallicity all in one.