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Mathematical Sciences
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Professor Leor Barack PhD, BSc

Professor of Theoretical Physics

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Professor Leor Barack is a Professor within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


2008 - date Senior Lecturer in Applied mathematics, University of Southampton

2004 - 2008 Lecturer in Applied mathematics, University of Southampton

Senior postdoctoral fellow, NASA center for gravitational wave astronomy and department of Physics, Brownsville, Texas

Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Germany

PhD Physics, Technion of Israel

BSc Physics, Ben-Gurion University (Israel)


Research interests

Dr Barack's research covers topics in mathematical and astrophysical Relativity, with a particular focus on the two-body problem in curved spacetime and its implications to gravitational-wave astronomy. He has studied various topics in general-relativistic dynamics and black hole perturbation theory, and is mostly known for his work on the problem of gravitational radiation reaction (or "self force") in astrophysical binaries undergoing radiative decay. His team in Southampton is developing theoretical models that predict the orbital evolution of compact stars as they radiatively inspiral into massive black holes -- a key source of gravitational waves for the planned spaceborne detector LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna).

Research group

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Affiliate research group

Relativistic Astrophysics

Research project(s)

Black Holes

General Relativity

Gravitational Waves

  • Director of Service teaching for Mathematics
  • Programme coordinator for Maths with Physics and Maths with Astronomy
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Professor Leor Barack
Mathematical Sciences,
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

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