Ilya Mandel

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I am a Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics in the Astrophysics group at the University of Birmingham, UK.

I am interested in all aspects of theoretical astrophysics, with a particular focus on strong gravitational fields, compact objects, and gravitational-wave astronomy. I have co-authored more than 100 papers on the evolution of massive stellar binaries, gravitational-wave data analysis, astrostatistics, and related topics.

My current research focuses on the exploration of the evolution of massive binary stars into compact binaries as sources of gravitational-waves, astrophysical inference on gravitational-wave observations, and probes of general relativity in the strong-field regime. I am also interested in dynamics in galactic centres and globular clusters and in astrostatistics, particularly in applying some of the sophisticated inference tools that my group has developed to carry out parameter estimation and model selection on gravitational-wave signals to other research areas, ranging from exoplanets to paleoclimatology.


CV, including a publication list.


Links to publications on arXiv preprint server (or see author's page); ADS; Google Scholar.


Please see my personal page for photographs and some poetry (mostly translations).




My contact information is:

imandel [AT] star [DOT] sr [DOT] bham [DOT] ac [DOT] uk

Ilya Mandel
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom