BHI Colloquium


Monday, November 29, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Maximiliano Isi (Physics) - CCA Flatiron

Title: Probing strong gravity with black hole ringdowns

Abstract: Gravitational waves provide a unique observational handle on the properties of strong, dynamical gravity. Black hole ringdowns, in particular, cleanly encode information about the structure of black holes, allowing us to test fundamental principles like the no-hair theorem and the area law. In this talk, I will review the status of this effort, including recent observational results and remaining challenges.

Bio: Maximiliano Isi is a gravitational-wave astronomer with a particular interest in using gravitational waves to learn about the nature of gravity and fundamental physics. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) of the Flatiron Institute in New York City. Before that, Max was a NASA Einstein Fellow at MIT, where he was affiliated with the LIGO Laboratory and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics. He obtained his PhD from Caltech in 2018, where he was also part of LIGO. He is currently a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.