January 27, 2023
RIT scientists reach a milestone in the search for continuous gravitational waves
Scientists on the hunt for a previously undetected type of gravitational waves believe they are getting close and have refined techniques to use in upcoming observational runs. Researchers from the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration outlined the most sensitive search to date for continuous gravitational waves from a promising source in a paper recently published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
November 21, 2022
Dozens of RIT researchers included on Stanford University’s list of the world’s top 2% of scientists
Numerous Rochester Institute of Technology faculty, professors emeriti, and postdoctoral researchers were recognized as top-cited scientists in their fields, according to a Stanford University study published by Elsevier.
January 21, 2022
Researchers detect 1st merger between black holes with eccentric orbits
Space.com reports on research led by RIT scientists on a merger of two black holes with eccentric orbits.
January 20, 2022
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
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.
July 8, 2021
First mathematical modeling Ph.D. student graduates from RIT
From her early days in school, Nicole Rosato realized that math was one of her favorite subjects. This past May, Rosato, who is from Paramus, N.J., became the first student to graduate from RIT’s new Ph.D. program in mathematical modeling.
April 28, 2021
RIT researchers use Frontera supercomputer to study eccentric binary black hole mergers
Researchers from RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation are using the world’s most powerful academic supercomputer to perform simulations that will help scientists study eccentric binary black hole mergers.
December 16, 2020
Scientists complete yearlong pulsar timing study after reviving long-dormant radio telescopes
While the scientific community grapples with the loss of the Arecibo radio telescope, astronomers who recently revived a long-dormant radio telescope array in Argentina hope it can help modestly compensate for the work Arecibo did in pulsar timing.
November 5, 2020
New black hole merger simulations could help power next-gen gravitational wave detectors
Scientists have developed new simulations of black holes with widely varying masses merging that could help power the next generation of gravitational wave detectors. RIT Professor Carlos Lousto and Research Associate James Healy from RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences outline these record-breaking simulations in a new Physical Review Letters paper.
September 30, 2020
RIT Professor Scott Franklin named American Physical Society Fellow
RIT Professor Scott Franklin has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. The fellowship is a selective and prestigious recognition by peers for outstanding contributions to physics.
September 9, 2020
RIT scientists contribute to the first discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration recently announced the discovery of GW190521, the most massive gravitational wave binary observed to date, and Rochester Institute of Technology scientists played an important role in identifying and analyzing the event.
December 12, 2019
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.