Dr Francesco Pannarale Greco

Research Fellow
Gravitational Physics Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email:
francesco.pannarale@astro.cf.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8936
Location:
0.07, 53 The Parade, 52 The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AB

I am a Research Fellow of the Cardiff University Gravitational Physics Group and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

My research interests include modelling gravitational-wave signals of merging black holes and neutron stars, gravitational-wave data analysis, nuclear astrophysics, and numerical relativity.

I am co-chair of the LIGO-Virgo “Gamma-Ray Burst" working group, and lead searches for gravitational-wave signals at the time and sky position of gamma-ray burst events.

I received my PhD in Physics from “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 2009, under the supervision of Prof.Valeria Ferrari.  I was then a postdoctoral researcher in the Numerical Relativity Group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics until 2013, when I joined Cardiff University.

Honours and awards

  • Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research (2017, as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration)
  • Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award for Astronomy (2017, as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration)
  • Gruber Cosmology Prize (2016, as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration)
  • Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2016, as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University (2016, as part of the Cardiff University Gravitational Physics Group)

Funding

  • Awarded €10000 by the German Research Foundation in 2012 for the project "Improving Advanced LIGO/Virgo event rate estimates for compact binary mergers," in collaboration with K. Belczynski (University of Warsaw and University of Texas, Brownsville), E. Berti (University of Mississippi and Caltech), M. Dominik (University of Warsaw), K. Kyutoku (RIKEN), and M. Shibata (Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics).
  • Awarded €10000 by ECT* and ENSAR2 to lead the organization of the ECT* workshop "Nuclear Astrophysics in the Gravitational Wave Astronomy Era"
  • Awarded £9400 through the Cardiff University Incoming Visiting Fellowship Scheme and the International Collaboration Seedcorn Fund (2017/18) for the collaboration “Multimessenger Astronomy with Neutron Star-Black Hole Mergers” with the Princeton and Parma Universities

Speaking engagements

Invited talks and colloquia

  • "Searching for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Advanced Detector Era," University of Washington, Bothel (WA) USA (2017)
  • "Frequency Domain Binary Black Hole Gravitational Waveforms with Higher Multipoles," University of Oregon, USA (2017)
  • "Searches for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Advanced Detector Era," NewCompStar Annual Meeting, Warsaw, Poland (2017)
  • "Searching for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Advanced Detector Era," CEA, Saclay, France (2017)
  • "Searching for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Advanced Detector Era," Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, France (2017)
  • "Neutron star gravitational-wave transient searches," NewCompStar meeting on oscillations and instabilities in neutron stars, Southampton, UK (2016)
  • "Gravitational Waves from Conception to Detection," 2nd International Doctorate Network in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (IDPASC) Students Workshop, Porto, Portugal (2016)
  • "Observing Gravitational Waves from Short Gamma-Ray Bursts," JINA- CEE International Symposium on Neutron Stars in the Multi-Messenger Era: Prospects & Challenges, Athens (OH), USA (2016)
  • "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger," University of Trento, Italy (2016)
  • "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger," Caltech, Pasadena (CA), USA (2016)
  • "Observing Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Mergers," Portsmouth University, UK (2015)
  • "Searching for Coalescing Neutron Star Binaries in the Advanced Gravitational Wave Detector Era," University of Southampton, UK (2015)
  • Prospects for Joint Gravitational Wave and Electromagnetic Observations of Neutron-Star–Black-Hole Coalescing Coalescing Binaries," University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK (2015)
  • "Coalescing Compact Binaries: Final State, Gravitational Wave Emission, and Afterglow," Caltech, Pasadena (CA), USA (2013)
  • "Modelling the Remnant and the Afterglow of Compact Binary Mergers," Copernicus Center, Warsaw, Poland (2012)
  • "Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy: Present Status and the Years to Come," Astronomical Observatory University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (2012)
  • "Coalescing Black Hole-Neutron Star Binaries as Short Gamma-Ray Burst Progenitors and Sources of Gravitational Radiation," Sapienza - Università di Roma, Rome, Italy (2011)
  • "Compact Gravitational Wave Sources," Italian Physics Society (SIF) meeting, Bari, Italy (2009)

Committees and reviewing

  • U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) – reviewer
  • Physical Review Letters – referee
  • Physical Review D – referee
  • Classical and Quantum Gravity – referee

  • 2016: fourth year module "Advanced general relativity and gravitational waves" (PX4224).

On September 14, 2015, the LIGO iterferometers directly detected gravitaitonal radiation for the first time.  This marks the beginning of gravitational-wave astronomy.

My research focuses on:

  • modelling gravitational-wave signals emitted by merging black holes;
  • searching for gravitational-wave signals of merging neutron stars and black holes at the time and sky position of short gamma-ray bursts;
  • using observed signals to understand source properties.

Areas of expertise

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