Ariel Goobar
Ariel Goobar

2015 saw gravitational waves detected for the first time. The waves were created when two black holes merged. This watershed event confirmed a prediction made by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity 100 years ago and, even more importantly, opened up a completely new way of observing the universe.

With this new research project Ariel Goobar, together with Hiranya Peiris, Jesper Sollerman and Stephan Rosswog from the Astronomy Department at Stockholm University, will link observations of gravitational waves with observations of electromagnetic radiation. They plan to carry out back-to-back simulations of the electromagnetic signals from scenarios involving mergers of compact objects accompanied by emission of gravitational radiation. Based on these simulations they will refine their search strategies for detecting electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave events in leading time-domain astronomical surveys.

Research Environment Grant is a new VR initiative which aims to encourage larger research collaborations than are normally supported. Out of the 222 applications 18 received a grant.