Philipp Grete

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Michigan State University .
In general, my research covers (magneto)hydrodynamic processes and their role in (astro)physical systems. Given my background in computer science I often use (i.e. conduct and analyze) simulations.
Currently, I am working on analyzing and characterizing energy transfer in compressible MHD turbulence, understanding driving mechanisms in astrophysical systems, and investigating the role of turbulent magnetic fields in the formation of supermassive black hole seeds.
Contact information
Office BPS 3248
Email grete [at]
Phone +1 (517) 884-5622
Address Department of Physics & Astronomy
Michigan State University
Biomedical Physical Sciences
567 Wilson Road, Room 3248
East Lansing, MI 48824

News and upcoming events

Feb 2018 I am very happy that I was accepted to participate in the 2018 Professional Development Program of the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators. This inquiry based teaching training covers multiple workshops where the participants collaboratively design an inquiry activity that will eventually be implemented in class later this year. The first workshop is the "Inquiry Institute" from March 25-28, 2018 in Monterey, CA.

In addition, I will attend SnowCluster 2018 - The Physics of Galaxy Clusters from March 18 - 23, 2018 in Salt Lake City where I present a poster of our latest results on "Systematic biases in idealized turbulence simuations".
Feb 2018 Parts for a Raspberry Pi based "supercomputer" arrived.
We will use the system for outreach, e.g., to demonstrate high performance computing, and in class for hands-on tutorials. I am currently setting the system up, which consists of 8x Raspberry Pi 3 for a total of 32 cores with 8 GB main memory.
The system will premiere at MSU's science festival.
Visit our booth at the Expo on April 7 for Hands-on Supercomputing and multiple Virtual Reality experiences.
Nov 2017 I presented the latest the results on energy transfer in compressible MHD turbulence
  • on Nov 14 in the Astrophysics Seminar at Notre Dame
  • on Nov 15 in the MIPSE seminar (Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering) at the University of Michigan
A recording of the MIPSE seminar is available here.
Sep 2017 My PhD thesis on Large eddy simulations of compressible magnetohydrodynamic turbulence was awarded with this year's Doctoral Thesis Award by the German Astronomical Society.
I presented the work at the Annual Meeting of the German Astronomical Society . See official press release [pdf] (in German), and MSU press releases (in English) from the CMSE department and the College of Natural Science .
Sep 2017 Our article on Energy transfer in compressible magnetohydrodynamic turbulence has been accepted for publication. In the paper, we introduce a scale-by-scale energy transfer analysis framework that specifically takes into account energy transfer within and between kinetic and magnetic reservoirs by compressible effects. The paper appears as a featured article in the journal Physics of Plasmas. Moreover, the article is covered by an AIP Scilight.
Sep 2017 We (PI B. W. O'Shea, Co-PIs B. Côté, P. Grete, and D. Silvia) successfully obtained computing time through an XSEDE allocation. I will use the resources to study driving mechanisms in astrophysical systems.
Aug 2017 I took part in the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. This intensive two-week training is funded by the DOE's Exascale Computing Project and allowed me to gain knowledge and hands-on experience on next-generation hardware, programming models, and algorithms. I can highly recommend this training to everyone involved in high-performance computing.
Jun 2017 I presented first results of our energy transfer study for compressible MHD turbulence and the method itself