Angela Borchers Pascual

PhD student in the Binary Merger Observations and Numerical Relativity group

What is your current position at our institute?

I'm a PhD student in the Binary Merger Observations and Numerical Relativity group.

How and when did you choose to do physics?

As a teenager, I used to go to a science event called “Naukas”, which was celebrated every year in my home country, and where scientists talked about their research in a very attractive and enjoyable way. Attending those talks influenced me a lot.

What is your academic education?

  • BSc in Physics, University of the Basque Country
  • MSc in Physics, Leibniz Universität Hannover

What were your previous academic positions?

  • Summer Student in the Relativity and Gravitation group at the University of the Balearic Islands
  • Teaching Assistant at the Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover

Can you please describe your research?

My research is related to black-hole binaries that inspiral each other and eventually merge to form a remnant black hole. These systems radiate a very specific gravitational-wave signal. I am particularly interested in asymmetric systems, which radiate gravitational waves anisotropically, causing the remnant  black hole to be kicked out from the binary (sometimes even from their host galaxies!). My work is centred around the modelling of these gravitational waveforms, which are essential to identify gravitational-wave signals and characterise their intriguing sources in current and future gravitational-wave detectors.

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

As a master student from the Leibniz Universität, I had the opportunity to do my master's thesis at the AEI Hannover. I enjoyed the research project and the scientific environment a lot. The AEI is a very supportive and inspiring place. I'm very happy that I could stay in the same group for my PhD studies.

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