Lousto, Carlos

Professor of Mathematical Sciences (SMS), Program Faculty in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST), College of Science (COS), Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
Astronomy, University of La Plata
Physics, University of Buenos Aires
(585) 475-2219
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Numerical Relativity
Relativistic Astrophysics
Black Hole Physics
Perturbation theory

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Highlights per year:

2000 First explicit computation of Self-Force. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 84 (2000) 5251-5254
2001 First waveform of BBHs with Lazarus. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 87 (2001) 121103
2005 Breakthrough in Numerical Relativity for evolving BBHs. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 96 (2006) 111101
2006 The hangup effect in BBHs. Published in Phys.Rev. D74 (2006) 041501
2007 The large recoils in BBHs. Published in Astrophys.J. 659 (2007) L5-L8. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 106 (2011) 041101
2011 The 5000 km/s recoils. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 107 (2011) 231102
2015 Flip-Flops. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 114 (2015) 141101
2016 Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 116 (2016) 061102


Carlos Lousto is a 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 130 papers, including several reviews and book chapters. His research is funded by NSF and NASA grants and supercomputing allocations in national labs.

Carlos is a key author of the breakthrough on binary black hole simulations and his research discovered that supermassive black holes can be ejected from most galaxies at speeds of up to 5000km/s. He recently perfomed challenging simulations of small mass ratio black hole binaries up to 100:1 and at separations up to 100M and for flip-flopping black holes. Carlos has also designed the Funes (UTB), Newhorizons, and BlueSky (RIT) supercomputer clusters to perform binary black hole simulations.

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

2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics "For the observation of gravitational waves, opening new horizons in astronomy and physics"


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