Luke Bovard

I am currently a PhD student at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
PhD Physics (Sept. 2014 - )
I am a former student at the University of Waterloo from September 2007 to December 2013.
M.Math Applied Mathematics (Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013)
B.Sc. Honours Mathematical Physics (Sept. 2007 - Dec. 2011)

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Here is my LinkedIn profile

My area of research is in relativistic hydrodynamics. My PhD thesis is going to be on binary neutron star mergers and analyzing the thermodynamical characteristics of ejected material of these mergers for different equations of state.
My research page for the Relastro Group in Frankfurt

My PhD supervisor is Luciano Rezzolla

My Masters area of research was in scientific computation, specifically computational fluid dynamics.

My Masters supervisor was Michael Waite.
Masters Thesis: Short-wave vortex instability in stratified flow

Research papers
L. Bovard, L. Rezzolla, On the use of tracer particles in simulations of binary neutron stars, submitted to CGQ preprint
M. Alford, L. Bovard, M. Hanauske, L. Rezzolla, K. Schwenzer, On the importance of viscous dissipation and heat conduction in binary neutron-star mergers, submitted to PRL, preprint
M. De Laurentis, O. Porth, L. Bovard, B. Ahmedov, A. Abdujabbarov, Constraining alternative theories of gravity using GW150914 and GW151226, Phys Rev D preprint
M. Hanauske, K. Takami, L. Bovard, L. Rezzolla. JA. Font, F. Galeazzi, H. Stoecker, Rotational properties of hypermassive neutron stars from binary mergers, accepted Phys Rev D preprint
L. Bovard, M.L. Waite, Short-wave vortex instability in stratified flow. Eur. J. Mech. B/Fluids Volume 55 web , preprint

To do:

Notes of various things (the computer related ones are things I work out and then forget a week later): Algorithms and Online Judges
Despite being trained in applied mathematics and physics, I love programming. Algorithms are my favourite area of computer science since they are just mathematical ideas anyway. Here are is a link to my profile on a very programming sites. I am going to be working on writing up pdfs on the solutions to problems on the above site. With sources!


My current research uses python for data analysis and C & C++ for the underlying evolution code. My Master's research in Matlab and Fortran, but I use C and C++ for everything else. I also enjoy tinkering around with Python and Scheme. Someday I want to learn Haskell.

Github ~ for my projects, my research code, my mathematical explorations
Bitbucket ~ for my projects, my research code, my mathematical explorations part 2


I was a 4th, 5th + epsilon, epsilon > 0, year Mathematical-Physics/Applied Mathematics undergraduate and graduate student at UWaterloo. I graduated with a B.Sc. Honours Mathematical Physics on the Dean's Honour List and a Master's Degree in Mathematics.

During my undergraduate days I wrote some papers on some various things for class projects which I added some of on April 1st, 2013.


Here are some of the various papers I wrote as an undergraduate. It is not complete as there are a few others I wrote but cannot find. The dates are wrong since I recompiled the tex at some later date.

Bohmian Mechanics ~ A paper I wrote for a course in quantum foundations
An Introduction to the Path Integral Approach to Quantum Mechanics ~ A paper I wrote for a 3rd year course in quantum mechanics
General Relativity Beyond (3+1) ~ A paper I wrote for a graduate course in advanced general relativity


I am a very big of the Bard. I've seen most of his plays. A list is available here.

I also enjoy playing musical instruments. I currently own: I also enjoy reading non-fiction. Here is what I am currently reading.