Multi-messenger Astronomy

Researching a new way of understanding the universe, resolving longstanding astronomical mysteries, and even questions about the human existence.

Research Centers

Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

Advances knowledge and discovery at the frontiers of relativistic astrophysics, gravitational physics, and cosmology, while pursuing new exciting research directions, in connection with new experiments and observations.

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Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics

Fosters the utilization and advancement of cutting-edge techniques in multiwavelength astrophysics by RIT faculty, research staff, and students, so as to improve human understanding of the origin and fate of the universe and its constituents.

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RIT Observatory

Established to promote the undergraduate teaching and research programs in astronomy. The Observatory, on the south-eastern corner of the RIT campus, features two computer-controlled telescopes and a host of portable ones.

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Key Collaborations

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

The National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is a Nobel Prize-winning project that hunts for gravitational waves. LIGO made history with the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015. RIT’s CCRG has a large and active group of about 18 faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers involved in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

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North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitation Waves (NANOGrav)

RIT’s CCRG and Insituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) began systematic pulsar timing studies in 2019. RIT and IAR’s observations will contribute to the larger efforts of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitation Waves (NANOGrav), a collaboration of scientists working to detect and study the impact of low frequency gravitational waves passing between the pulsars and the Earth. Using pulsar timing observations, the NANOGrav collaboration is striving to discover a supermassive black hole by 2022.

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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

RIT is part of the LSST Corporation, a group of nearly 40 U.S. and Chilean institutional members focused on preparing the scientific community to use the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will conduct the most ambitious all-sky survey of the universe to date. As a part of the LSST Corporation, RIT is among a science community that includes many of the world’s leading astrophysicists, cosmologists and particle physicists.

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Key Faculty and Staff

Manuela Campanelli
School of Mathematical Sciences
Jeyhan Kartaltepe
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
Michael Richmond
School of Physics and Astronomy
Carlos Lousto
School of Mathematical Sciences
John Whelan
School of Mathematical Sciences
Richard O'Shaughnessy
Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
Nathaniel Barlow
Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
Hans-Peter Bischof
Department of Computer Science
Sukanya Chakrabarti
Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
Joshua Faber
School of Mathematical Sciences
Michael Lam
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
Jason Nordhaus
Assistant Professor
Department of Science and Mathematics
Linwei Wang
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Program in Computing and Information Sciences
Steven Weinstein
Department Head
Department of Chemical Engineering
Yosef Zlochower
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
Joel Kastner
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Related News

  • April 22, 2020

    simulation of the magnetic field lines from a rotating neutron star.

    NSF funds RIT researchers to develop code for astrophysics and gravitational wave calculations

    The National Science Foundation recently awarded researchers at RIT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Louisiana State University, Georgia Tech and West Virginia University grants totaling more than $2.3 million to support further development of the Einstein Toolkit, a community-developed code for simulating the collisions of black holes and neutron stars, as well as supernovas and cosmology.

  • December 12, 2019

    large and small satellite dishes.

    RIT and IAR observe pulsars for the first time from South America

    A team from RIT and the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) upgraded two radio telescopes in Argentina that lay dormant for 15 years in order to study pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars with intense magnetic fields that emit notably in radio wavelengths. The project is outlined in a new paper published in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

  • November 8, 2019

    Simulation of an accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole.

    New study suggests ‘Pac-Man-like’ mergers could explain massive, spinning black holes

    Scientists have reported detecting gravitational waves from 10 black hole mergers to date, but they are still trying to explain the origins of those mergers. The largest merger detected so far seems to have defied previous models because it has a higher spin and mass than the range thought possible. A group of researchers, including RIT Assistant Professor Richard O’Shaughnessy, has created simulations that could explain how the merger happened.

  • May 15, 2019

    Artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars.

    RIT to gather computational astrophysics experts from across the globe

    Scientists conducting cutting-edge research in computational astrophysics will converge at RIT for two workshops in June. Experts from RIT, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Berkeley and other prestigious institutions will speak at the events hosted by RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation.