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Dr Fabio Antonini

Dr Fabio Antonini

Lecturer
STFC Ernest Rutherford fellow
Gravity Exploration Institute
Astronomy Group
Cardiff Hub for Astrophysics Research and Technology

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email
antoninif@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+ 44 (0)29 2087 0167
Campuses
Room N1.14, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Overview

I am a theoretical astrophysicist using numerical models to answer fundamental questions about the compact-object binaries detected by LIGO and the astrophysical environment in which they formed. I am interested in computational astrophysics and gravitational dynamics in general, with applications to supermassive black holes,  nuclear star clusters and galaxy evolution.​

Here at Cardiff I am a lecturer and STFC Rutherford fellow in the Gravity Exploration Institute.

Biography

I am a lecturer and STFC Rutherford fellow in the Gravity Exploration Institute. Previously, I was a CIERA postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).  Prior to that, I received a PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technologies at the Rochester Institute of Technology (with prof. David Merritt), and a Master degree in astrophysics from the university of Rome La Sapienza.

Publications

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2011

Interests: Stellar dynamics. Black holes and gravitational wave astrophysics. ​

I am a theoretical astrophysicist using numerical models to answer fundamental questions about the compact-object binaries detected by LIGO and the astrophysical environment in which they formed.  Using relativistic analytical calculations and numerical models of dense star clusters I study the formation of black hole mergers and gravitational waves in these systems. I am interested in computational astrophysics and gravitational dynamics in general, with applications to supermassive black holes,  nuclear star clusters and galaxy evolution.​