Dr. Zahra Mirzaiyan
Postdoc in the Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories department
What is your current position at our institute?
I'm a postdoc / junior scientist in the Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories department.
What were your previous academic positions?
I have graduated from PhD 4 months ago. During my PhD I also was a junior research fellow at the Erwin Schrödinger Institute, research scholar at Harvard University, and visiting student at SISSA and ICTP.
Do you have a favorite paper?
Yes, I very much like the work we presented in A Note on the Subleading Soft Graviton.
Please describe your research.
The passage of gravitational waves produces a permanent shift in the relative position of an observer pair. This is known as gravitational memory effect. You can imagine that the spacetime can really tell you what has happened in its entire past. At large distances, the symmetry group of the spacetime is related to the gravitational memory effect by a change in the vacuum, known as vacuum transition. This is what I am curious about to know more.
Read more about Zahra Mirzaiyan's research at http://inspirehep.net/author/profile/Z.Mirzaiyan.1.