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Vicky Kalogera

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel I Linzer Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Director of Center of Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)


Areas of Focus

  • Theoretical astrophysics
  • Gravitational waves


  • Astrophysics of compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes)
  • Populations of X-ray binaries, binary pulsars, double compact objects, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and supernova progenitors
  • Formation and evolution of binary systems with compact objects in the Milky Way and other galaxies, in fields and in dense stellar environments
  • Time-domain, gravitational-wave and transient astrophysics
  • Advanced data analysis and inference methods


Kalogera is a leading astrophysicist in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and has been a member for more than 15 years. LIGO first detected gravitational waves in 2015, proving part of Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Kalogera was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2018 and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2018 Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American Institute for Physics and the American Astronomical Society.