Dr. Tim Dietrich is once again honored for his doctoral thesis

The postdoctoral scholar at AEI is awarded with the thesis prize of Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena

June 16, 2017
Numerical simulation of two merging neutron stars. Visible are the high-density cores of the two merging neutron stars and the gravitational waves that are generated during the merger.

Dietrich has already received the thesis prize of the German Physical Society (DPG) for his PhD thesis on gravitational wave signals of merging neutron stars optained from Jena University. During the  “Schillertag” at Jena University on June 30, 2017, Prof. Walter Rosenthal and Wolfgang Meyer, Chairman of the Board of the "Association of Friends and Supporters of the FSU", will present the prize. The award is endowed with 750 Euro.

"I am very happy that after the DPG, Jena University is also honoring my dissertation with a prize," says Dietrich. "The results of my work help to better study and understand neutron stars."

In his thesis, Dietrich made accurate predictions about the waveform of neutron star binaries up to the moment of merger and studied the influence of the internal neutron star structure and their intrinsic rotation. These predictions are essential for discovering the corresponding signals in the data of the gravitational wave detectors. "I am very excited about the coming years when the LIGO detectors will observe the first gravitational waves of neutron stars," Dietrich adds.

Dr. Tim Dietrich (born 1988) studied physics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg where he received the Gustav-Mie-Bachelor-Award in 2010. In 2012, he graduated from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and did his PhD on simulations of neutron star mergers, defending his thesis in 2016. A large number of papers have emerged from his thesis. During his studies, Dietrich was funded by a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation and by a state graduate scholarship from the Free State of Thuringia. Since 2015, he is a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Alessandra Buonanno’s Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam. Recently, he received an individual Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission to continue his studies of binary neutron star systems.

Thesis award of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena

With the annual prize funded by the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Friedrich Schiller University, the FSU honors scholars who have "performed excellently in their doctoral thesis and thus have fostered the prestige of the Alma Mater Jenensis". Each faculty can propose a candidate who completed a dissertation in the previous calendar year. For 2017, the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy nominated Tim Dietrich for the award.

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