Patrick D. Mullen

 Patrick Mullen

Contact Information

127 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL
Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Planet/Moon Formation

Research Description

Patrick is interested in the Giant Impact that led to the formation of our moon nearly 4.5 billion years ago. Using cutting edge techniques and resources in computational astrophysics, his research aims to simulate this catastrophic collision and study the resulting disk of debris from which our Moon coalesced.


  • B.S. Physics, University of Georgia, 2016

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Mullen, P. D, R. S. Cumbee, D. Lyons, L. Gu, J. Kaastra, R. L. Shelton, and P. C. Stancil Line Ratios for Solar Wind Charge Exchange with Comets The Astrophysical Journal 844 1 2017.
Mullen, P. D, R. S. Cumbee, D. Lyons, and P. C. Stancil Charge Exchange-Induced X-ray Emission of Fe XXV and Fe XXVI via a Streamlined Model The Astrophysical Journal Supplemental Series 224 2 2016.
Gu, L, J. Kaastra, A. J. J. Raassen, P. D. Mullen, R. S. Cumbee, D. Lyons, and P. C. Stancil A Novel Scenario for the Possible X-ray Line Feature at ~3.5 keV: Charge Exchange with Bare Sulfur Ions Astronomy & Astrophysics 584 L11 2015.