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 Recent Publications April 15, 2014


Recent publications and awards

A plot from the article "Comparison of gravitational wave detector network sky localization approximations", by Kat Grover et al., which was recently published in PRD, has been selected for the PRD Kaleidoscope feature.
The article "The Formation and Gravitational-Wave Detection of Massive Stellar Black-Hole Binaries", by Belczynski et al., has been submitted .
The cover article on Black Holes of the March 2014 issue of National Geographic lists Ilya Mandel of the University of Birmingham as one of the sources.
The article "Measuring the spin of black holes in binary systems using gravitational waves", by Vitale et al., has been submitted.
The article "Parameter estimation on compact binary coalescences with abruptly terminating gravitational waveforms", by Mandel et al., has been submitted.

News Tenured faculty position February 28, 2014


Tenured faculty position

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a tenured faculty position in Astrophysics at the Lectureship level, or exceptionally at a higher level.

News Recent Publications February 28, 2014


Recent publications

The following papers have been submitted or published recently:

  • Comparing Finesse simulations, analytical solutions and OSCAR simulations of Fabry-Perot alignment signals by Ballmer et al.
  • Physically motivated exploration of the extrinsic parameter space in ground-based gravitational-wave astronomy by Vivien Raymond and Will Farr
  • The NINJA-2 project: Detecting and characterizing gravitational waveforms modelled using numerical binary black hole simulations
  • Reconstructing the sky location of gravitational-wave detected compact binary systems: methodology for testing and comparison by Trevor Sidery et al.
  • How serious can the stealth bias be in gravitational wave parameter estimation? by S. Vitale and W. Del Pozzo
  • TIGER: A data analysis pipeline for testing the strong-field dynamics of general relativity with gravitational wave signals from coalescing compact binaries
  • Systematic and statistical errors in a bayesian approach to the estimation of the neutron-star equation of state using advanced gravitational wave detectors
  • Utility of galaxy catalogs for following up gravitational waves from binary neutron star mergers with wide-field telescopes by Hanna, Mandel, Vousden

  • News Recent Publications and Awards October 29, 2013


    Recent publications and Awards

    A "video-paper", The generation of higher-order Laguerre-Gauss optical beams for high-precision interferometry by L. Carbone, P. Fulda, C. Bond, F. Bruckner, D. Brown, M. Wang, D. Lodhia, R. Palmer and A.Freise, has been published in J. Vis. Exp.
    The paper Comparison of Gravitational Wave Detector Network Sky Localization Approximations by Grover et al. has been posted.
    The paper Sensitivity of intra-cavity filtering schemes for detecting gravitational waves by Mengyao Wang, Haixing Miao, Andreas Freise, Yanbei Chen has been posted.
    The paper Basic Parameter Estimation of Binary Neutron Star Systems by the Advanced LIGO/Virgo Network by Rodriguez et al. has been posted.
    The paper Double Compact Objects II: Cosmological Merger Rates by Dominik et al. has been accepted by ApJ. The paper Inadequacies of the Fisher Information Matrix in gravitational-wave parameter estimation by Carl Rodriguez, Benjamin Farr, Will Farr, and Ilya Mandel has been accepted by PRD.
    Charlotte Bond has been awarded a Mary Bradburn Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG). These competitive scholarships reward academic excellence and are open to women from all areas of academia.
    Ben Farr won the Blue Apple award for the best talk at the Midwest Relativity Meeting at the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, USA.

    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