Research Interest and Projects

The theory that describes gravitational interactions in astrophysics and cosmology is General Relativity. The gravitational field is interpreted geometrically and matter interacts dynamically with space-time. The accurate theoretical study of extreme astrophysical objects (such as pulsar, x-rays sources, neutron stars, black holes, etc.) requires the use of Einstein's equation coupled to equations for both, matter and the electromagnetic fields.

This is a formidable problem both, theoretically and numerically. At present the only viable approach is by means of computer simulations. This approach requires appropriate architectures and dedicated numerical codes to be performed in massively parallel supercomputers.

In the last years our group at DiFeST has developed the relevant expertise and we investigate compact astrophysical objects which are the potential sources of gravitational waves to be detected by ground-based interferometers, such as LIGO/VIRGO.

More in detail. We are working on the following subjects:

Here you may find some nice animations of the merger of two Neutron stars.