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Mathematical Sciences

Research Group: Relativistic Astrophysics

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The Gravity group, within Applied Mathematics at Southampton, is one of the largest classical relativity groups anywhere in the world, and our research is focused on General Relativity and its applications to astrophysics, with particular interest in modelling of gravitational-wave sources and dynamics of curved spacetime, black holes and neutron stars.

Group Overview

General Relativity

General Relativity

We study Einstein's classical theory and its applications to astrophysics, including the gravitational self-force in curved spacetime and relativistic fluid dynamics and elasticity.

Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves

General Relativity predicts emission of gravitational waves during the formation and evolution of black holes and neutron stars and the inspiral and coalescence of systems of these stars. We study many aspects of gravitational waves and their sources.

Black Holes

Black Holes

We study the gravitational collapse and formation of black holes and the two-body problem in General Relativity.

Neutron Stars

Neutron Stars

Neutron stars are invaluable laboratories for probing the state of matter under extreme conditions, and observations of neutron stars provide complementary information to that obtained from particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider. We study the physics and astrophysics of neutron stars and the observational signatures of these physics.

Image credit: (b) ESO/L. Calcada; (c) eLISA Consortium; (d) X-ray: NASA/CXC/Southampton/W. Ho et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss.

Postgraduate opportunities

Contact group members for possible PhD projects in relevant areas. See also here.

Research Staff

Related Projects

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Black HolesActive
Gravitational WavesActive
Neutron StarsActive
General RelativityActive
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