Thursday, January 28, 2016

Welcome to the RemarXiv.

This is our new research blog for encouraging us to discuss and summarize interesting research results, new ideas, or interesting papers that we may come across. This includes both interesting new papers posted to the arXiv (primarily astro-ph or gr-qc) or even older papers that we might find particularly useful in our own research.

The purpose of this blog is help stimulate our own research efforts by forcing us to summarize, for our peers, the work we are doing, and the old or new results in the field. It is not meant to be exhaustive, or terribly in-depth. It is only meant to stimulate our own research and personal interest.

The Rules: Each of us should post at least once a week. This must be related to research, though it does not have to be scientific in content (for example, in the future I may post about the tools and software I am currently using for my scientific workflow). It can be a post summarizing/discussing a paper that we have read, be it old or new, or it can just be an interesting new idea that we would like to post for stimulating discussion. We may use this space to discuss previous results, or summarize some of our own work for a more general audience. 

Thus far, the RemarXivists are:

Dave Tsang: CTC Fellow at the University of Maryland. Dave works on astrophysical dynamics in a variety of contexts, from black hole accretion, to exoplanetary dynamics. His current research focuses on N-body and disk-planet interactions for exoplanets, and on neutron star physics during gravitational wave induced inspiral of compact binaries.

Leo C. Stein: Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech. Leo's research interests are studying and testing general relativity and other theories of gravity from an astrophysical standpoint.  He has investigated how “almost-general-relativity” theories can affect gravitational observables. An important observation which would be able to distinguish between GR and almost-GR is the inspiral rate in a compact binary system, detected either through radio pulsar timing or directly with gravitational waves.

George Pappas: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Ole Miss. George is an expert in General Relativity, focusing on the strong field regime. He works on compact objects and the spacetime around them in General Relativity and in alternative theories of gravity

Dusty Madison: Jansky fellow at National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).  Dusty's research is on pulsars, specifically how they can be used to detect extremely low-frequency gravitational waves from things like supermassive black hole binaries. By pushing precision pulsar timing to its limits with world-class radio telescopes and instrumentation and continually improving data analysis techniques, the pulsar community is poised to detect extremely low-frequency gravitational waves within five to ten years and begin a new era in the study of black holes, gravity, and currently unknown astrophysical phenomena.

Maria (Masha) Okounkova: graduate student in physics at Caltech, Princeton '14 physics undergrad. Works in numerical relativity, currently working on simulating collapse to naked singularities in general relativity and binary black hole simulations in almost-general relativity (with Leo Stein). Advised by Yanbei Chen and Mark Scheel in the TAPIR group, member of SXS collaboration.


  1. I added these RSS feeds guys for gr-qc and astro-ph which are better than what blogger is offering. But I think they will be for a limited period of time (30 days). I'll se if I can find something else until then.

  2. Ok. I removed the two previous feeds (those I mentioned above) and added two new ones that have no restrictions (I used open code).

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