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

Related News

  • January 20, 2022

    Artist’s impression of binary black holes about to collide.

    RIT scientists confirm a highly eccentric black hole merger for the first time

    For the first time, scientists believe they have detected a merger of two black holes with eccentric orbits. According to a paper published in Nature Astronomy by researchers from RIT and the University of Florida, this can help explain how some of the previous black hole mergers are much heavier than previously thought possible.

  • December 6, 2021

    the Vela pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star.

    RIT scientists develop machine learning techniques to shed new light on pulsars

    New machine learning techniques developed by scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology are revealing important information about how pulsars—rapidly rotating neutron stars—behave. In a new study published by Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the researchers outlined their new techniques and how they applied to study Vela, the brightest radio pulsar in the sky.

  • November 16, 2021

    student wearing hard hat and clean suit working on rocket equipment.

    RIT astrophysics graduate students conduct experiment at White Sands Missile Range

    Serena Tramm and Mike Ortiz are pursuing their studies in astrophysics and have been working alongside Michael Zemcov, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy. Together, the team conducted an experiment that resulted in traveling to New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range for the first CIBER-2 launch earlier this year.