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Geoffrey Lovelace and Jocelyn Read at their ORCA computing cluster.Geoffrey Lovelace and Jocelyn Read at their ORCA computing cluster.Geoffrey Lovelace has received $126,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to support the three-year project "RUI: Numerical Simulations of Merging Black Holes and Neutron Stars."

As members of the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes Collaboration, Geoffrey and his students will use supercomputers and the Spectral Einstein Code (SpEC) to numerically solve Einstein's equations for binary systems of two black holes or a black hole and a neutron star, simulating the orbital parameters and the gravitational-waves that are emitted as the objects spiral in to each other and eventually merge. This research will provide information about how black holes and neutron stars behave under the most extreme conditions of strong gravity, orbital speeds, and black-hole spin. The gravitational waveforms that are produced will help extend the reach of LIGO and help us to learn as much as possible from the first detections of gravitational waves.

Geoffrey joined the CSUF department of physics as an Assistant Professor in 2012, and has had a very productive first year mentoring students in research, and publishing several papers, and together with fellow GWPAC faculty member Jocelyn Read building the Orange county Relativity Cluster for Astronomy (ORCA), a 240 core supercomputer at CSU Fullerton. This NSF funding will allow Geoffrey and his students to expand their already excellent research.

Congratulations Geoffrey!