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Relativity and Mathematical Physics

Relativity and Mathematical Physics


The (opens in a new window)UCD Relativity group use Einstein’s theory of General Relativity to study black holes and other sources of gravitational waves. A major focus of the group is using Black Hole Perturbation Theory to model small mass ratio binaries. These are key sources for the forthcoming European Space Agency’s (opens in a new window)LISA mission. The group are full members of the LISA consortium and are lead developers of the (opens in a new window)Black Hole Perturbation Toolkit.


(opens in a new window)Dr Sarp Akcay 
Research Interests: 
General relativity, gravitational wave astronomy, black hole perturbation theory, effective-one-body theory

Prof Adrian Ottewill
Research Interests: ‌General relativity, Quantum field theory in curved space-time

(opens in a new window)Dr Niels Warburton
Research Interests:
Gravitational waves, black holes, extreme mass ratio inspirals, intermediate mass ratio inspirals, general relativity, numerical modeling, geodesic motion in black hole spacetimes

Dr Barry Wardell
Research interests: General Relativity, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes, Cosmic Strings, High-performance Computing

Research Fellows

Chris Kavanagh

(opens in a new window)Christiana Pantelidou

Mathematical Physics

UCD has a long history of excellent research in Mathematical Physics conceived very broadly, including research in Geometry in Physics, the mathematical foundations of Quantum Mechanics, and Solid Mechanics.  Current research in the school reflects this tradition, and includes research in Quantum Gravity, the mathematical foundations of Turbulence, and qualitative methods for Partial Differential Equations inspired by Physics.


Assoc Prof Miguel Bustamante
Research Interests: ‌Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence, Nonlinear PDEs, Hamiltonian Methods and Integrable Systems

Dr Marius Ghergu
Research Interests: ‌
Partial Differential Equations, Nonlinear Analysis, Potential Theory

Dr Rupert Levene
Research Interests: ‌Functional Analysis, Operator Algebras, Operator Spaces, Quantum Information Theory, Matrix Analysis

Group Contact (Email)(opens in a new window)Prof Adrian Ottewill

UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics

Room S3.04, Science Centre South, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.