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Dr Michalis Agathos

Kavli Institute Fellow in Gravitational Waves

Michalis Agathos is accepting applications for PhD students.

Michalis Agathos is available for consultancy.

Room K23
Kavli Institute for Cosmology
c/o Institute of Astronomy
Madingley Road

Cambridge CB3 0HA
Office Phone: +44 (0)12233 37550


2019-now: Kavli Research Fellow, KICC/DAMTP - University of Cambridge
2018-2019: Senior post-doctoral researcher - TPI Jena
2016-2018: Rubicon post-doctoral research fellow, DAMTP - University of Cambridge
2011-2016: PhD in gravitational wave physics, Nikhef Amsterdam

Research Interests

Michalis is a research fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, in the Relativity and Gravitation research group. He is also an active member of the LIGO - Virgo Collaboration. His current research is focused on the study of gravitational waves, the nature of gravity and the properties of neutron star matter.


  • Relativity and Gravitation

Key Publications

M. Agathos et al., "Inferring prompt black-hole formation in neutron star mergers from gravitational-wave data", arXiv:1908.05442 [gr-qc]

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, "Tests of General Relativity with the Binary Black Hole Signals from the LIGO-Virgo Catalog GWTC-1", arXiv:1903.04467 [gr-qc]

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, "GW170817: Measurements of Neutron Star Radii and Equation of State", Phys. Rev. Lett., 121(16), 161101, 2018
A. Nagar et al., "Time-domain effective-one-body gravitational waveforms for coalescing compact binaries with nonprecessing spins, tides and self-spin effects", Phys. Rev. D 98(10), 104052, 2018
U. Sperhake et al., "Long-lived inverse chirp signals from core collapse in massive scalar-tensor gravity", Phys. Rev. Lett., 119(20), 201103, 2017
LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, "Tests of general relativity with GW150914", Phys. Rev. Lett., 116(22), 221101, 2016
M. Agathos, et al., "Constraining the neutron star equation of state with gravitational wave signals from coalescing binary neutron stars", Phys. Rev. D, 92(2), 023012, 2015
M. Agathos, et al., "TIGER: A data analysis pipeline for testing the strong-field dynamics of general relativity with gravitational wave signals from coalescing compact binaries", Phys. Rev. D, 89(8), 082001, 2014

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