This is the website of the University of Birmingham Gravitational Wave Group, part of the Astrophysics & Space Research Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

We are a multi-disciplinary research group that brings together expertise in experimental laser optics, gravitational physics, astrophysics and advanced theoretical and numerical methods to open a new observational window on the Universe by capturing ripples in the fabric of space-time.

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News Additional PhD position available January 24, 2015


PhD position open to all applicants (including overseas)

The gravitational wave group at the University of Birmingham has an opening for a fully funded PhD student in gravitational wave astrophysics starting Autumn 2015.

The Birmingham Astrophysics and Space Research group are active in the full range of gravitational wave science, from ground-based advanced detectors to pulsar timing arrays. Our research covers instrumental science, data analysis and astrophysics of gravitational wave sources. The group has expanded in recent years and now has 6 faculty, 2 research fellows, 5 postdocs and 13 PhD students.

We are seeking an excellent student for a PhD project in the data analysis and astrophysical interpretation of gravitational waves from coalescence of compact binaries (black holes and neutron stars).

This position has funding for full-time research for 3.5 years, including full coverage of tuition fees for students of any nationality plus an annual stipend.

Please apply online. The screening of applications will begin on Feb 15th and continue until a suitable candidate is found. For more information contact Dr John Veitch.

News New Publication January 8, 2015


Gravitational-wave sensitiviy curves

Sensitivity-curve plot Recently published in CQG, this article by Moore, Cole and Berry explains some of the conventions used in gravitational-wave astronomy to characterise the sensitivities of detectors and the amplitudes of signals. Several different conventions are commonly in use (which can lead to confusion), each with their own beneficial properties. Accompanying this article is a website where you can create your own sensitivity-curve plots featuring a range of detectors and sources: rhcole.com/apps/GWplotter/, an example is shown on the left. This uses the characteristic strain, so that the area between the detector's curve and the top a source box indicates how loud that signal would be.

News Recent Publications and Other News September 6, 2014


Recent publications and other news

Dr. Chiara Mingarelli (now a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Scholar in Astrophysics at Caltech) and Dr. Charlotte Bond (for now a STEP postdoc in the group) have successfully defended their PhDs. Congratulations!

We are excited to welcome Jim Barrett, Daniel Toyra, Anna Green, Serena Vinciguerra, and Gareth Thomas, who are joining the group this fall.

The article The First Two Years of Electromagnetic Follow-Up with Advanced LIGO and Virgo by Singer et al. has been accepted for publication in ApJ.

The article The effect of small inter-pulsar distance variations in stochastic gravitational wave background searches with Pulsar Timing Arrays by Mingarelli and Sidery has been accepted for publication in PRD.

The article Testing general relativity with compact coalescing binaries: comparing exact and predictive methods to compute the Bayes factor by Del Pozzo et al. has been accepted for publication in CQG.

The article Design study of the KAGRA output mode-cleaner by Kumeta, Bond, Somiya has been submitted.

The article A CMB-based approach to mapping gravitational-wave backgrounds: application to pulsar timing arrays by Gair et al. has been accepted for publication in PRD.

The article TIGER's tail: Testing the no-hair theorem with black hole ringdowns by Meidam et al. has been submitted.

The article A more effective coordinate system for parameter estimation of precessing compact binaries from gravitational waves by B. Farr et al. has been published in PRD.

The article Double Compact Objects III: Gravitational Wave Detection Rates by Dominik et al. has been submitted.

The article Fluorescence detection at the atom shot noise limit for atom interferometry by Rocco et al. has been submitted.

News GraWIToN PhD positions April 25, 2014


News Recent Publications April 15, 2014


News Tenured faculty position February 28, 2014


News Recent Publications February 28, 2014


News Recent Publications and Awards October 29, 2013


News PhD positions announced 1 October, 2014


News Promotions and new joiners September 4, 2013


News Recent Publications August 4, 2013


News Awards! July 11, 2013


News Event: Making the Invisible Visible 20 March, 2013


News Postdoctoral position in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics 1 February, 2012


News Chiara Mingarelli named Very Early Career Woman Physicist Prize runner-up 7 December, 2012


News Parameter Estimation with interpolated waveforms 6 November, 2012


News The LIGO Magazine 12 October, 2012


News Recent Publications 1 October, 2012