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John M. Blondin

Senior Associate Dean, College of Sciences, and Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

Associate Dean for Research

4217A Broughton Hall



Professor Blondin received his PhD in 1987 from The University of Chicago and did postdoctoral work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Virginia, and UNC-CH. He joined NC State University in 1993 as an Assistant Professor. He was the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Physics from 2007 to 2011, Head of the Physics Department from 2012 to 2016, and was named Associate Dean of Research in the College of Sciences in 2016. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award a Sigma Xi Research Award, and has been named a Cottrell Scholar, an NC State Outstanding Teacher, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science , and an NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor.

Research Description

His research focuses on computational gas dynamics, with applications to interacting binary stars, accretion disks around compact objects, planetary nebulae, supernovae and supernova remnants. His research places a strong emphasis on the dynamics of shock waves; He discovered the Non-linear Thin-Shell Instability and the Spherical Accretion Shock Instability, the later of which may aid in driving supernova explosions. He co-authored the hydrodynamics code VH-1, which is widely used in the astrophysics community.


Complete list of publications

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2011 Sigma Xi Service Award, NC State Chapter
  • 2010 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor
  • 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2000 Academy of Oustanding Teachers, NC State
  • 1997 NSF CAREER Award
  • 1996 Cottrell Scholar
  • 1995 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, NC State Chapter
  • 1992 Sigma Xi President's Research Prize, UVa Chapter

Selected Publications

Investigating the Structure of Vela X
P Slane, I Lovchinsky, C Kolb, SL Snowden, T Temim, J Blondin, ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 865 (2), (2018), 86, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aada12

The Standing Accretion Shock Instability: Enhanced Growth in Rotating Progenitors
Blondin, J. M., Gipson, E., Harris, S., & Mezzacappa, A
ApJ, 835, (2017), 170, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/170

An X-ray and Radio Study of the Varying Expansion Velocities in Tycho’s Supernova Remnant
Williams, B. J., Chomiuk, L., Hewitt, J. W., Blondin, J. M., Borkowski, K. J.
ApJL, 823, (2016), 2, doi:10.3847/2041-8205/823/2/L32

The development of explosions in axisymmetric ab initio core-collapse supernova simulations of 12-25 m-circle dot stars
Bruenn, S. W. et al.
ApJ, 818, (2016), 123, doi:10.3847/0004-637X/818/2/123

Three-Dimensional Core-collapse Supernova Simulated using a 15 M Progenitor
Lentz, E. J., Bruenn, S. W., Hix, W. R., Mezzacappa, A., Messer, OE B., Endeve, E., Blondin, J. M., Harris, J. A., Marronetti, P., Yakunin, K. N.
ApJL, 807, (2015), 2, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/807/2/L31

Axisymmetric Ab Initio Core-collapse Supernova Simulations of 12-25 Solar-Mass Stars
Bruenn, S. W. et al.
ApJL, 767L, (2013), 6, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/767/1/L6

Accretion Disks in Two-Dimensional Hoyle-Lyttleton Flow
Blondin, J. M
ApJ, 767, (2013), 135, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/752/1/30

Three-Dimensional Numerical Investigations of the Morphology of Type Ia SNRs
Warren, D. C. & Blondin, J. M.
MNRAS, 429, (2013), 3099, doi:10.1093/mnras/sts566

Three-Dimensional Numerical Investigations of the Morphology of Type Ia SNRs
Burkey, M. T., Reynolds, S. P., Borkowski, K. J. & Blondin, J. M.
ApJ, 764, (2013), 63, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/764/1/63

Neutron Star Masses from Hydrodynamical Effects in Obscured sgHMXBs
Manousakis, A., Walter, R. & Blondin, J. M.
A&A, 547, (2012), 20, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201219717