Prof. Dr. Tim Dietrich

Max Planck Fellow
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity
Multi-messenger Astrophysics of Compact Binaries
Location Potsdam
+49 331 567-7253
+49 331 567-7298

Main Focus

I am interested in the connection between numerical relativity, gravitational wave and kilonova modeling, and multi-messenger astronomy.
In particular, I am

  • studying the moving puncture method to model black hole spacetimes.
  • performing general relativistic hydrodynamic simulations of binary neutron star systems.
  • developing gravitational-wave models for the analysis of binary neutron star and black hole - neutron star systems.
  • simulating exotic compact objects and trying to understand the imprint of dark matter on the compact binary coalescence.
  • modeling and interpreting kilonovae and other electromagnetic transients.
  • interested in constraining the Hubble constant and the equation of state of supranuclear dense matter within a nuclear physics multi-messenger astronomy framework.

Here is a link to my publications from SPIRES, and here is a link to my publications from the ADS database.

Curriculum Vitae

2016 PhD. in Physics - Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2012 M.Sc. in Physics - Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2010 B.Sc. in Physics - Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Professional Experience
since 2021: Max Planck Fellow at the AEI Potsdam
since 2020: Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics at Potsdam University and Adjunct Researcher at the AEI Potsdam
2018-2020: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Nikhef, Amsterdam
2015-2018: Junior Scientist/Postdoc at the AEI
2012-2015: Graduate assistant for the SFB/TR-7 Gravitationswellenastronomie and the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
2011-2012: Student assistant for the SFB/TR-7 Gravitationswellenastronomie
2008-2010: Student assistant at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and for the Interdisciplinary Center of Materials Science in Halle (Saale)

2021 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the German Research Foundation
2019 Heinz Billing Prize for the Advancement of Computational Science
2017 PhD thesis prize of the German Physical Society of the sections  "Gravitation and Relativity", "Hadrons and Nucleons", and "Particle physics"
2017 PhD thesis prize of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena   
2010 Gustav-Mie-Bachelor-Prize
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