CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

  • Margutti, Raffaella (PD/PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


My investigation finds its natural place in the nascent field of Multi-Messenger Time-Domain Astronomy with Gravitational Waves (GWs), which is the new frontier of discovery in Astrophysics. I played a key role in the recent landmark discovery and characterization of light from a GW event. With our first ever joint detection of GWs and light from the outer space, on August 17, 2017 we entered a new era of exploration of our Universe: the era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. Information carried by light can now be supplemented and complemented by information carried by gravitational waves, now detectable thanks to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, LIGO/Virgo. The promise of this multi-messenger endeavor is unprecedented insight into a wide range of extreme physical processes that involve the densest and most compact objects known in our Universe (black holes and neutron stars) and that are directly relevant to the “Gravity and the Extreme Universe” CIFAR program theme.
Effective start/end date7/1/196/30/21


  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Financial Letter GS20-003, Appointment 3141)


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