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Lousto, Carlos

Associate Professor (SMS - COS)
Astronomy, University of La Plata
Physics, University of Buenos Aires
(585) 475-2219
(585) 475-7340
Numerical Relativity
Relativistic Astrophysics
Black Hole Physics
Perturbation theory

Carlos Lousto is an associate professor in the RIT's School of Mathematical Sciences and co-director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation. He holds two PhDs, one in Astronomy (studying accretion disks around black holes and the structure of neutron stars) from the University of La Plata, and one in Physics from University of Buenos Aires (on Quantum Field Theory in curved spacetimes).

Carlos has an extensive research experience which ranges from black hole perturbation theory and numerical relativity to string theory and quantum gravity. He has authored and co-authored over 100 papers, including several reviews and book chapters. His research is funded by NSF and NASA grants and supercomputing allocations in national labs.

Carlos is one of the authors of a breakthrough on binary black hole simulations and the main author in the discovery that supermassive black holes can be ejected from most galaxies at speeds of up to 5000km/s and of the challenging simulations of small mass ratio black hole binaries up to 100:1 and separations up to 100M with Campanelli and Zlochower. He has also designed the Funes (UTB), NewHorizon and BueSky (RIT) supercomputer clusters.

In 2012 Carlos Lousto was distinguished as an Americal Physical Society Fellow.
Citation: For his important contributions at the interface between perturbation theory
and numerical relativity and in understanding how to simulate binary black holes