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Manuela Campanelli

Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science
Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
Director of Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
Program Faculty - PhD Program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST)

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Manuela Campanelli

Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science
Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
Director of Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
Program Faculty - PhD Program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST)

Education

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Bern (Switzerland)

Bio

Director of Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
Professor of Mathematical Sciences (SMS)
Program Faculty - PhD Program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST)
Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)

Dr. Manuela Campanelli is a Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, and a Program Faculty in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology in the School of Physics and Astronomy. 

She is also the founding Director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation. Campanelli was the recipient of the Marie Curie Fellowship (1998), American Physical Society (APS) Fellowship (2009, and the RIT Trustee Scholarship Award (2014). 

She was the Chair of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the APS

Dr. Campanelli has an extensive research experience on Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, astrophysics of black holes and gravitational waves. She is known for groundbreaking work on numerical simulations of binary black hole space times and for explorations of physical effects such as “super kicks” and spin-driven orbital dynamics. In 2005, she was the lead author of a work that produced a breakthrough on binary black hole simulations. In 2007, she discovered that supermassive black holes can be ejected from most galaxies at speeds of up to 4000km/s.

Her more current research focuses on computer simulations of merging supermassive black holes, and on magnetohydrodynamics simulations of their accretion disk and jet dynamics, in connection with both gravitational-wave and electromagnetic observations. She also participates in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The search for gravitational waves from binary black holes and binary neutron stars moved forward in September with the first observing run of the upgraded laser interferometer, Advanced LIGO gravitational wave detectors. 

Dr. Campanelli’s research include numerous publications and invited presentations and reviews papers. One of her papers was recently highlighted by the APS as one of the landmarks of the century on the subject of general relativity, starting with a contribution from Einstein himself. Her work was highlighted by the American APS focus The New Scientist Astronomy and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s LIGO Magazine

Campanelli lead several funded research projects that produced numerous significant publications (see INSPIRE DataBase).

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

ASTP-890
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-790
1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-760
3 Credits
This course is the first in a two-course sequence that introduces Einstein's theory of General Relativity as a tool in modern astrophysics. The course will cover various aspects of both Special and General Relativity, with applications to situations in which strong gravitational fields play a critical role, such as black holes and gravitational radiation. Topics include differential geometry, curved spacetime, gravitational waves, and the Schwarzschild black hole.
PHYS-498
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their final two years of study.
PHYS-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
MATH-326
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to boundary value problems. Topics include Fourier series, separation of variables, Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

Latest News

  • December 12, 2019

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    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.

  • October 25, 2019

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    Shedding light on black holes

    The Christian Science Monitor talks to Manuela Campanelli, professor and director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation.

  • July 1, 2019

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    RIT alumnus to serve as futures analyst for U.S. Agency for International Development

    The fellowship program provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Brennan Ireland ’18 Ph.D. (astrophysical sciences and technology) will use his analytical skills to quantitatively evaluate countries to get a better picture of what their futures look like.

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Journal Paper
Gallouin, Louis, et al. "Asymptotically Matched Spacetime Metric for Non-Precessing, Spinning Black Hole Binaries." Classical and Quantum Gravity 29. (2012): 235013. Print.
Noble, Scott C., et al. "Circumbinary MHD Accretion into Inspiraling Binary Black Holes." The Astrophysical Journal 51. (2012): 755. Print.
Lousto, Carlos O., et al. "Study of Conformally Flat Initial Data for Highly Spinning Black Holes and their Early Evolutions." Physical Review D 85. (2012): 124013. Print.
Ajith, P, et al. "The NINJA-2 Catalog of Hybrid Post-Newtonian/Numerical-Relativity Waveforms for Non-Precessing Black-Hole Binaries." Classical and Quantum Gravity 29. (2012): 124001. Print.
Nakano, Hiroyuki, et al. "Intermediate-mass-ratio Black Hole Binaries II: Modeling Trajectories and Gravitational Waveforms." Physical Review D 84. (2011): 124-006. Print.
Loeffler, Frank, et al. "The Einstein Toolkit: A Community Computational Infrastructure for Relativistic Astrophysics." Classical and Quantum Gravity. (2011): 000-062. Web.
Mundim, Bruno C, et al. "Hybrid Black-hole Binary Initial Data." Classical and Quantum Gravity 28. (2011): 134-003. Print.
Nakano, Hiroyuki, et al. "Perturbative Effects of Spinning Black Holes in the Extreme Mass-ratio Limit." Classical and Quantum Gravity 28. (2011): 134-005. Print.
Zlochower, Yosef, Manuela Campanelli, and Carlos O. Lousto. "Modeling Gravitational Recoil Using Numerical Relativity." Modeling Gravitational Recoil Using Numerical Relativity 82. (2011): 104-057. Print.
Nakano, Hiroyuki and Yosef Zlochower Carlos O. Lousto Manuela Campanelli. "Intermediate-mass-ratio black hole binaries II: Modeling Trajectories and Gravitational Waveforms." Physical Review D 28. (2011): 124006. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Campanelli, Manuela. "Numerical Relativity Calculations of Black Hole Recoils." AAS Summer Meeting: Galaxy Mergers from the Largest to the Smallest Scales. American Astronomical Society. Anchorage, AK. 13 Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Merging Black Hole in Astrophysical General Relativity." Invited Seminar. Washington State University. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Pullman, WA. 4 Dec. 2011. Guest Lecture.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Understanding Black Hole Mergers." High Energy Astrophysics Division Meeting (HEAD 2011). American Astronomical Society. Newport Marriott Hotel, Newport, RI. 9 Sep. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Black Holes in Numerical Relativity." Black Holes VIII: Theory and Mathematical Aspects. University of Waterloo. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 14 May 2011. Conference Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Status of numerical relativity, and EM counterparts." Gravitational Wave Workshop. South African Institute of Physics (SAIP). Pretoria, South Africa. 31 May 2011. Conference Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Testing GR with Numerical Studies of BH Binaries." 7th Sackler Conference in Theoretical Astrophysics. Harvard University. Boston, MA. 16 May 2011. Conference Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Merging Black Hole in Astrophysical General Relativity." Invited Colloquium at the Center for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences. Duke University. Durham, NC. 16 Dec. 2011. Guest Lecture.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Merging Black Hole in Astrophysical General Relativity." Invited Colloquium in Physics and Astronomy. Washington State University. Pullman, WA. 5 Dec. 2011. Guest Lecture.
Campanelli, Manuela. "Understanding Black Hole Mergers." HEAD 2011 High Energy Astrophysics Division Meeting. American Astronomical Society. Newport, Rhode Island. 8 Sep. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Warfield, Thomas. Astrodance. By Hans-Peter Bischof, Joe Bochner, Jake Noel Storr. 22 Sep. 2012. Fringe Festival, Rochester. Performance.
Journal Editor
Day, Adam and Manuela Campanelli (editorial board member), ed. Classical and Quantum Gravity. London: IOP, 2012. Print.
Published Article
Nakano, Hiroyuki, M. Campanelli, C. Lousto, and Y. Zlochower. “Perturbative effects of spinning black holes with applications to recoil velocities.” Classical Quantum Gravity, (2010).arXiv:1011.2767 [gr-qc]. Web. "  É  «
Zlochower, Yosef, M. Campanelli, and C. Lousto. “Modeling Gravitational Recoil Using Numerical Relativity.” Classical Quantum Gravity, (2010). arXiv:1011.2210 [gr-qc]. Web."  É  «
Lousto, Carlos O., H. Nakano, Y. Zlochower, and M. Campanelli.“Intermediate Mass Ratio Black HoleBinaries: Intertwining Numerical and Perturbative Techniques.” PhysicalReview D, (2010). arXiv:1008.4360[gr-qc]. Web. É  «
Lousto, Carlos O., H. Nakano, Y. Zlochower, and M. Campanelli.“Intermediate Mass Ratio Black Hole Binaries: Numerical Relativity meets Perturbation Theory.” Physical Review Letters, (2010). arXiv:0904.3541 [gr-qc]. Web. É  «
Campanelli, Manuela, C.O. Lousto, B.C. Mundim, H. Nakano, Y. Zlochower, and H. Bischof. “Advances in Simulations of Generic Black-Hole Binaries.” Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27(2010): 084034. arXiv:1001.3834 [gr-qc]. Web. É  «
Kelly, Bernard J., W. Tichy, Y. Zlochower, M. Campanelli, andB. Whiting. “Post-Newtonian Initial Datawith Waves: Progress in Evolution.” ClassicalQuantum Gravity, 27 (2010): 114005. arXiv:0912.5311 [gr-qc]. Web. " É «
Lousto, Carlos , H. Nakano, Y. Zlochower, and M.Campanelli. “Statistical Studies of Spinning Black HoleBinaries.” Physical Review D, 81 (2010):084023. arXiv:0904.3541 [gr-qc]. Web. É «
Campanelli, Manuela, C.O. Lousto, H. Nakano, and Y. Zlochower. “Remnant Masses, Spins and Recoils fromthe Merger of Generic Black-Hole Binaries.”Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27 (2010):114006.arXiv:0904.3541 [gr-qc]. Web. «
Formal Presentation
Campanelli, Manuela. “Simulations of Binary Black Hole Mergers.” Physics Club Colloquium. Department of Physics. Yale University,6 December 2010. Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. “Full Numerical Simulations of Black-Hole Binaries Mergers.” Joint MIT/Tufts/Harvard Cosmology Seminar. Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard- Smithsonian Centerfor Astrophysics (CfA). 30 November 2010. Presentation.
Campanelli,Manuela. “Numerical Relativity and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics.” GRAILSSeminar. Kavili Institute for Astrophysics andSpace Research. Cambridge, MA. 29November 2010. Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. “Numerical Relativity.” GW2010 Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 14-16 Oct. 2010. Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. “Numerical Relativity.” 20th anniversary conference at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP). Kyoto, Japan. 21-25 Sept. 2010.Presentation. " 
Campanelli, Manuela. “Black-hole Science with LISA.” 19th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR19). Mexico City, Mexico. 5—9 July 2010. Presentation.
Campanelli, Manuela. “Binary Black Hole Mergers and Gravitational Recoils.” Colloquium. US Naval Research Laboratory. 27 May 2010. Presentation. "