I am an excellence fellow working at the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. From 2017, I will officially transition to staff/faculty member (ass. professor). I am the group leader for the Radboud Virgo Gravitational Wave group (one of the two gravitational wave groups in the NL), which works within the Virgo Collaboration together with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
My current research focuses on the detection,measurement and interpretation of gravitational waves, the astrophysics of compact object (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs) binaries and general relativity. I study the birth of black holes, via the merger of pairs of neutron stars and black holes using both their gravitational wave (GW) and electromagnetic radiation.
NEWS!!! I am thrilled to be part of the discovery and companion papers of GW150914 from the LIGO-Virgo Scientific Collaborations.
With this in mind, I am particularly excited about BlackGEM, the optical wide-field telescope array that will be located in Chile (La Silla): it will be dedicated to observing the light from compact object mergers as they form black holes! Radboud University is leading its development and its first light is aimed for early 2017.
After 100 years since Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves and following more than 50 years of intense experimental and theoretical research, we observed in September 2015 for the first time a binary black hole merger via its gravitational radiation using the LIGO detectors — amazing ground-based gravitational wave detectors located in the US. At the end of 2016, the Virgo detector in Italy will also become operational!
Space music: Listen to some samples of merging black holes and neutron stars created by composer and friend Arthur Jeffes.
Email: samaya ‘at’ astro.ru.nl
Phone: +31 (0)24 3652804
Office: Huygens Building 02.066
Department of Astrophysics,
6525 AJ Nijmegen,