Dr. Philip Lynch

Astrophysikalische und Kosmologische Relativitätstheorie
Standort Potsdam
+49 331 567-7189


My research focuses on the evolution of binary systems consisting of a stellar mass black hole/ neutron star, and a supermassive black hole, known as Extreme Mass Ratio Inspirals (EMRIs). In particular, I am interested in how the secondary object’s trajectory can be modelled using the gravitational self-force along with techniques such as the method of osculating orbital elements, near identity transformations, and the two-timescale approach. The goal of this work is to produce computationally efficient waveform models for use with the upcoming LISA mission.

My publications can be found on Inspire and Google Scholar.


I am originally from Ireland where I did my Bachelors in Theoretical Physics at University College Dublin from 2014 to 2018. There I met my my future PhD supervisor, Dr Niels Warburton, and worked with him during the summer of 2018 to develop a VR experience to demonstrate black hole physics to the public. I obtained a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council to pursue my PhD Applied and Computational Mathematics from September 2018 to October 2022. As of November of 2022, I am now a postdoc at the Albert Einstein Institute.

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