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Matthew W. Choptuik

Matthew Choptuik’s research is focused on the study of physical situations in which gravitational forces are extremely strong and dynamic. These situations include the formation of black holes, the collision of two black holes or neutron stars, and supernovae explosions. The complex nature of these problems necessitate a computational approach; that is, we use large computers to simulate processes such as black hole formation and interaction, and then attempt to extract the salient physics from the results of the simulations.


Fellow, American Physical Society, 2003.

Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Canadian Association of Physicists and the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, 2003.

Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics, Royal Society of Canada, 2001.

Relevant Publications

M.W. Choptuik, "Universality and scaling in gravitational collapse of a massless scalar field," Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 9, Jan. 1993.



Associate Fellow Gravity & the Extreme Universe


University of British ColumbiaPhysics and Astronomy Department


PhD (Physics) University of British Columbia

M.Sc. (Physics) University of British Columbia

B.Sc. Brandon University



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