Two PhD students have been awarded the 'Max Planck-Príncipe de Asturias' mobility grant

30 September, 2014

Xisco Jiménez Forteza and Juan Calderón Bustillo, two PhD students from our group, have been awarded the 'Max Planck-Príncipe de Asturias' mobility grant.

The Max Planck society received the "Príncipe de Asturias" award in 2013 in recognition to their work in the field of international cooperation. The institution has duplicated the money received from this prize in order to make reality the Max Planck - Príncipe de Asturias mobility program. This program has the objective of making possible research visits to the Max Planck institutions in Germany for the young spanish investigators.

Xisco's main work focuses on contributing to the modelisation of gravitational wave sources in dense stellar environments, like stellar cumulus and galactic nuclei. With this models, he can estimate the frequency of coalescence of binary compact objects (like neutron stars and black holes). This kind of events will presumably be the first direct evidence of gravitational waves observed by terrestrial detectors, like Advanced LIGO, who will start operating at the end of 2015.

Juan Calderón's work concentrates on investigating the efficience of the search algorithms for the future detectors of gravitational waves. In particular, he studies the effect of the greater harmonics in the signal from binary sources.

The two PhD students will be able to make to short stays of four weeks in the Max Planck Institute of Gravitational Wave Physics.