Dr. Banafsheh Beheshtipour

Postdoc in the “Continuous Gravitational Waves” group

What is your current position at our institute?

I work as a postdoc in the permanent independent research group “Continuous Gravitational Waves”.

How and when did you choose to do physics?

I started to study physics in my Bachelor's program. I always liked to understand the universe and cosmos and I began studying physics to pursue this goal.

What is your academic education?

  • PhD in physics, 2018
  • Master in physics, 2013
  • Bachelor in physics, 2011

Please describe your research in language understandable to scientists from other fields.

Continuous gravitational waves are a type of gravitational waves which has not yet been detected, because it is expected to be very weak. This kind of wave can be emitted from neutron stars and could provide important information about the physics of these objects. In my research, I am optimising search methods and use them to search for continuous waves in the data from the LIGO and VIRGO gravitational-wave observatories.

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

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover is home to one of the leading research groups that work on detecting continuous gravitational waves. Our research requires a lot of computing power, and with the help of the powerful computer cluster we have in Hannover, we can do our research quick and efficiently. Also the institute supports researchers in balancing their life and research.

What would you recommend to a young woman wanting to start a career in physics?

Keep motivated and strong, and believe that you can be among the outstanding physicists soon.

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