Catalogue for Astrophysical Turbulence Simulations

Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Turbulence is of critical importance for many problems and sub-fields of astrophysics. This includes star formation, the dynamics of the interstellar medium, cosmic ray physics, galaxy evolution, and interstellar chemistry.


The purpose of the CATS database is to foster increased collaboration between different groups working on simulations of astrophysical turbulence and to provide open-source simulation resources to a broad community of researchers interested in compressible MHD turbulence.


The database is hosted and managed by

Prof. Blakesley Burkhart at the Center for Computational Astrophysics and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

ENZO; Collins et al. 2012


When using a simulations from CATS in a paper please reference to the CATS methods paper (Burkhart et al. 2020; in prep.) as well as the paper(s) listed with the simulation suite. 

Driven MHD turbulent box simulations with and without gravity. 

1) MHD gravo-turbulence simulations.

2) Supernova driven turbulence.

Driven MHD turbulent box simulations with varying Mach numbers and no gravity. This database also includes synthetic HI observations, multiple driving scales and the 3-Point Correlation Function (3PCF).



1) Driven MHD turbulent box simulations with solenoidal/compressive driving.

2) Zoom-in Molecular Cloud Simulations.

3) Multiphase turbulence.

Driven mixing layer turbulence simulations. 

Open source turbulence statistics, visualization tools, movies, additional databases and other useful links!

Papers Using CATS



Physics & Astronomy
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Center for Computational Astrophysics

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© 2020 by Blakesley Burkhart. We acknowledge the generous support of the Simons Foundation Flatiron Institute for hosting this database.