Dr. Jung-Wook Kim

Astrophysikalische und Kosmologische Relativitätstheorie
Standort Potsdam
+49 331 567-7321


My research mainly focuses on application of methods from quantum field theory to the gravitational two-body problem, with an emphasis on the effects of spin, ranging from effective actions in post-Newtonian effective field theory to scattering-amplitude-based post-Minkowskian binary dynamics. The analytic understanding of the gravitational two-body problem is important for the understanding of the inspiral phase of compact binary coalescence events detected in currently running gravitational wave observatories such as LIGO, VIRGO, and KAGRA.

Here's a link to my publications from Inspire.


I started my undergraduate studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Seoul National University in 2008. While pausing my studies for two years to serve in the Republic of Korea Air Force in 2010, I concluded that I am more inclined to physics and decided to get a degree in physics as well. Starting my graduate studies in 2014, I joined the string theory group of the same university and wrote my master's thesis on AdS/CFT and my doctoral thesis on quantum field theory methods for spinning binary dynamics (title: "Quantum point particle approximation of spinning black holes and compact stars"), under the supervision of Prof. Sangmin Lee. In 2020, I joined the Centre for Research in String Theory (now renamed Centre for Theoretical Physics) of Queen Mary University of London as a postdoc. I joined the Albert Einstein Institute in October 2022.

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