Dr. Sweta Shah

Postdoc in the Space Interferometry group

What is your current position at our institute?

I am a postdoc / junior scientist in the Space Interferometer Group.

What is your academic education?

  • Ithaca College, NY, USA - BSc in Physics & Mathematics
  • Leiden University, The Netherlands - MSc. Astronomy
  • Radboud University, The Netherlands - PhD. Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

What were your previous academic positions?

  • Satellite Scientist - Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, The Netherlands

Do you have a favorite figure from a paper you co-authored?

Yes. It's the first figure in the paper describing the first direct detection of gravitational waves (Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger), which you can see on the left.

Please let us know why you chose the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics for your research.

I wanted to learn about LISA and it’s design and bridge the gap between my knowledge of the scientific discovery and how to build a detector to achieve that. AEI happens to be at the centre of the limelight and so I chose the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover.

Read more about Sweta Shah's research at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sweta-shah-42a9699/.

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