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
Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-7752
Jeyhan Kartaltepe
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-7514
Michael Richmond
Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-2538
Carlos Lousto
Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-2219
John Whelan
Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-5083
Richard O'Shaughnessy
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-5965
Nathaniel Barlow
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-4077
Hans-Peter Bischof
Professor
Department of Computer Science
585-475-5568
Sukanya Chakrabarti
Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-5352
Joshua Faber
Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-5115
Michael Lam
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-7545
Jason Nordhaus
Assistant Professor
Department of Science and Mathematics
585-475-4202
Linwei Wang
Professor
Ph.D. Program in Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4238
Steven Weinstein
Department Head
Department of Chemical Engineering
585-475-4299
Yosef Zlochower
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-6103
Joel Kastner
Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
585-475-7179

Related News

  • October 29, 2020

    chart showing masses of blck holes in in the 50 gravitational wave events detected to date.

    LIGO and Virgo announce 39 new gravitational wave discoveries during first half of third observing run

    The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration released a catalog of results from the first half of its third observing run (O3a), and scientists have detected more than three times as many gravitational waves than the first two runs combined. Several researchers from RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation were heavily involved in analyzing the gravitational waves and understanding their significance.

  • 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.