Gravitational wave detectors will come on-line in the next 12 months at levels of sensitivity never reached before. In the years to come many groups around the world will be engaged in the analysis of the data collected from these antennas, in order to detect and study gravitational radiation.

The signals are expected to be extremely weak and specific data analysis techniques must be set up to be able to 'dig' them out of the noise. This is the field I have chosen for my research: gravitational wave data analysis. One of the focus areas of my group is the development of search techniques to deploy on the Einstein@Home distributed computing platform and to follow-up on the results that searches of this type produce.

In particular, I am working at the strategies to detect long-lasting signals. In this case, since the parameters characterizing the signal are not known in advance, standard matched filtering methods cannot be employed. It is then necessary to use hierarchical search techniques, which are more complex and involved.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity
  • Location Hannover

Special Function:

  • Deputy Gender Equality Officer
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