Alessandra Buonanno

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Who is Alessandra Buonanno?

Alessandra Buonanno is a theoretical physicist working in gravitational-wave physics and cosmology. She is a professor of physics at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Starting in September 2014 she will be director of the "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany.

Buonanno's research has focused on the analytical modeling of the dynamics and gravitational-wave emission from coalescing black holes, the interface between analytical and numerical relativity, and the search for gravitational waves with ground-based detectors, such as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory, GEO600 and Virgo. She has carried out research to design advanced optical configurations of laser interferometer gravitational-wave detectors that use the subtleties of quantum mechanics to gain even more sensitivity. She is also interested in studying physical mechanisms in the early Universe responsible for gravitational-wave emission.

Alessandra Buonanno earned her PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Pisa in Italy.

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on July 23, 2013


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