Geoffrey Lovelace Receives “Early CAREER” Award

Geoffrey Lovelace

Geoffrey Lovelace, assistant professor of physics, has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award, one of the top honors for junior faculty that acknowledges promising work that integrates research and education. The honor comes with a $400,000 grant for Lovelace’s project, “CAREER: Computational Gravitational-Wave Science and Education in the Era of First Observations Opens in new window . ” He and his research students will use supercomputer calculations to help LIGO Opens in new window (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) observe as many gravitational waves Opens in new window as possible.

Lovelace is a member of the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) Opens in new window , based at CSUF. Working with their colleagues in GWPAC, the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration Opens in new window and the LIGO Scientific CollaborationOpens in new window , Lovelace and his students will use supercomputers to calculate the gravitational waves from merging black holes and neutron stars, LIGO’s most important sources; and will calculate the most important source of noise limiting LIGO’s sensitivity.

They will share their results and experiences with students during an annual, week-long summer workshop that Lovelace will lead, where students from CSUF, Citrus College and Santiago Canyon College will participate in hands-on activities introducing them to supercomputers and to the dawning field of gravitational-wave astronomy; plus, learn to simulate and visualize merging black holes.

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