Harald Pfeiffer Wins the Humboldt Foundation’s Bessel Award

pfeiffer_headCITA Professor Harald Pfeiffer has been awarded a Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award honors Prof. Pfeiffer’s outstanding research record, and invites him to a long-term research stay in Germany.

Pfeiffer, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Numerical Relativity and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, performs research on black holes and Neutron stars. He uses Canadian supercomputers to investigate what happens when such objects collide with each other. Of particular importance is the emission of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time itself, emitted by such collisions. Special-purpose gravitational wave detectors in the U.S., Europe and Japan are searching for these waves to gain new insights into black holes and Neutron stars that emit gravitational waves, and into any other astrophysical processes that emit gravitational waves. Pfeiffer is also a member of the CITA research group that contributes to analyzing the data of the LIGO, Virgo and GEO gravitational wave detectors, located in the U.S., Italy and Germany, respectively.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation [www.humboldt-foundation.de] grants about 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards annually, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, to internationally renowned academics from abroad in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for the future. Award winners are invited to to spend six to twelve months in Germany collaborating with specialist colleagues.

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Published: February 2016

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