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Christopher P L Berry

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

CIERA Board of Visitors Research Professor

About

Areas of Focus

  • Gravitational-wave astronomy
  • Black holes
  • General relativity and gravitation
  • Binary star astrophysics
  • Neutron stars
  • Multimessenger astronomy

Work/Research

  • Gravitational-wave data analysis: how to make inferences from our measured signals
  • The astrophysics of compact object binaries: how binaries of black holes or neutron stars form
  • Future gravitational-wave astronomy: how future gravitational-wave detectors may reveal more of the universe and help us understand gravity, black holes, and how stars and galaxies evolve

Career

  • In 2018, he joined Northwestern's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research for Astrophysics (CIERA) as the inaugural Board of Visitors Research Professor; he currently works on a diverse range of topics related to gravitational waves and the astrophysics of their sources (black holes and neutron stars)
  • He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration; in 2015, the LIGO detectors made the first observation of a gravitational-wave signal, and Berry has been busy analyzing and interpreting gravitational-wave discoveries ever since
  • While completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, he studied the scientific potential of the future space-based gravitational-wave observatory LISA