Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
KIPAC - Stanford University
More about me
If you really want to know more, I'm from Castellò de la Plana, a small town at the Levante (east coast) of Spain. I grew up there, happily close to the Mediterranean sea, until I started my university studies. After that, I've been moving from one place to another every handful years.
In my free time (when I still have some of that) I do long-distance running, train Shotokan karate, and dance - salsa and bachata. I used to play drums, but given how ungratefully bulky they are, I recently settled down for a more convenient Spanish guitar. More quiet interests are cooking (you have to try my paella Valenciana - it's the real thing!), movies, video games, or devouring books whenever time permits.
I am a KIPAC fellow at the KIPAC institute of Stanford University. My research aims to improve our understanding of the role played by magnetic fields, radiation and cosmic rays in the formation and evolution of galaxies. I am also particularly interested in the origin of magnetic fields in galaxies and in our Universe. While we are aware that they are fundamental in shaping the interstellar medium of the galaxies we observe at the present day, or even at high redshift, their theoretical understanding is still an active field of research.
For my research, I generate cosmological magneto-hydrodynamical simulations of galaxies and the cosmos, working mostly with the code RAMSES. My simulations combine the many ingredients required to ensure the formation of realistic galaxies. That implies combining large cosmological scales with fine and ambitious small-scale spatial resolutions. I employ various sophisticated models developed by me and my collaborators to capture magnetic processes, cosmic rays, stellar radiation, star formation, stellar feedback, metals and chemistry, cooling and heating, etc. As part of my research, I work to improve our numerical methods, also exploring and developing novel algorithms to solve many of the standing questions regarding magnetic fields in our Universe.
Prior to my current position, I was a postdoc at the Institute of Astronomy and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, both associated with the University of Cambridge, in the UK. I obtained my Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. I held a Hintze scholarship from the Oxford Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, writing my thesis under the supervision of Julien Devriendt and Adrianne Slyz. It was entitled 'Magnetic fields in and around galaxies'.
Before my doctorate, I did an MSc in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at the Universitat de València, where I also got my Physics degree. I was fortunate to have all my degree costs covered by a CMU San Juan de Ribera scholarship. During my bachelor degree, I did an Erasmus year at the University of Leeds, attending their MPhys programme
- somehow managing to still squeeze in all the credits required to complete my undergraduate degree. During these years, I was fortunate to obtain various research scholarships (e.g. IAC, UV) that allowed me to do some research on theoretical, numerical, and observational astrophysics, as well as in experimental particle physics.
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Ubiquitous in our Universe, magnetic fields affect the evolution of astrophysical environments across all scales. However, many of the most fundamental questions about them remain open. I try to give answer to some of those questions through magneto-hydrodynamical cosmological simulations.
2010 - 2014
Universitat de València
Degree in Physics
Galaxy formation and evolution with magnetic fields, radiation, and cosmic rays
As part of my research, I try to understand what drives the global properties of galaxies and their interstellar medium, as well as the processes that contribute shaping them, such as star formation or stellar feedback.
2013 - 2014
University of Leeds
Erasmus, 4th year MPhys in Astrophysics
2015 - 2019
University of Oxford
Doctor of Philosophy in Astrophysics
2014 - 2015
Universitat de València
Master in Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics
I am also interested in understanding the Large-Scale Structure of our Universe, its formation process, and its properties.
2022 - Present
2019 - 2022
University of Cambridge