Gravitational wave sources for space-borne observatories
Observing gravitational waves from supermassive black holes will allow to test General Relativity in the strong regime
Gravitational Waves sources for ground-based detectors
Ripples in space and time from stellar-mass compact objects and black holes.
With photons we can see, with gravitational waves, we can hear.
Supermassive Black Holes and Tidal Disruptions of Stars
A star venturing too close to a supermassive black hole may end up being torn apart.
How stars move in dense stellar systems is a much more complex problem that seems, and it is deeply intertwined to a number of complex astrophysical and relativistic phenomena
The unknown nature of the dark matter of the Universe and the understanding of gravity are among the more tantalizing problems in modern physics.
The formation and evolution of protoplanetary systems, the breeding grounds of planet formation, is a fascinating complex dynamical problem that involves many orders of magnitudes.
High Performance Computing
The evolution of N-body systems, like galactic nuclei or globular clusters, is a source of different astrophysical phenomena which can be simulated using computational algorithms.
my topics of research
I am working at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Mathematics of the Universitat Politècnica de València, I am also affiliated at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, at the group of Nobel laureate Reinhard Genzel and at the Kavli Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics located at Peking University, in Beijing. Although my background is in theoretical physics I did my PhD on astrophysics at the University of Heidelberg. Later, from 2004, I changed my topic of research and focused in gravitational waves. For about 12 years I worked at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam, close to Berlin, where I was a group leader. These days I am moving to more theoretical subjects, in particular to differential geometry and topology in the context of gravity. Find more about me here.
One of my main focus since 2004
Still have a lot of fun with this one
Too broad to describe what I (try to) address in one line
This is work in progress but will likely move to the top of this list in a few years