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Ronaldas Macas

Research student, School of Physics and Astronomy

I am a 3rd year PhD student working on the theory and data analysis of unmodelled gravitational-wave burst signals with the Advanced LIGO and VIRGO detectors.

I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MSc in Physics and Astronomy in 2016.

Research interests

My research focuses on the theory and data analysis of unmodelled gravitational-wave (GW) burst signals, such as from supernovae.

The interpretation of all signals detected so far relies on comparing the data to precise signal models; however, burst sources are notoriously difficult to model. I am developing a template-less algorithm that allows us to reconstruct the motion of the source of the gravitational waves.

There are gravitational-wave sources that also emit electromagnetic waves detected by space telescopes. The most famous example to date has been the collision of two binary neutron stars, GW170817-GRB170817A. My second project is searching gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts in Advanced LIGO and VIRGO data using X-pipeline (Sutton et al., NJP 12 053034).

My other research interests include tests of alternative gravity polarisations and noise budgets for LIGO detectors.


I have been marking and/or demonstrating for the following courses:

PX4128 - Data analysis (2016-2019)

PX3241 - Particle Physics and Special Relativity (2016-17)

PX3143 - Computational Physics (2018-2019)

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