Adrian AbacPhD Student
Multi-messenger Astrophysics of Compact Binaries
My main focus is to combine analytical techniques with numerical relativity simulations to develop gravitational-wave models for binary neutron star and black-hole-neutron-star systems. I am also part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in the science exploitation with upcoming gravitational-wave observations.
I obtained both my MS Physics (2021, with the distinction, Maxima cum laude) and BS Applied Physics (2019) degrees at the University of San Carlos (USC) in the Philippines. My BS and MS theses dealt with the implications of beyond-the-Standard Model phenomenology on the structures of compact objects. In particular, I studied the effects of the generalized uncertainty principle (satisfying minimal length uncertainty, and maximal momentum) on white dwarfs and neutron stars, and the effects of dark matter on neutron stars, using the relativistic mean field theory in the path integral formulation. During my internship at the National Institute of Physics in the University of the Philippines in 2018, I explored stellar structures, planetary dynamics and exoplanetary atmospheres. I also led the USC Astronomy Society from 2015-2018, and was an assistant instructor and undergraduate thesis adviser at USC in 2021.