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Gravity & the Extreme Universe

What is the nature of extreme gravity, and how can it help us understand the origin and evolution of the universe?

Gravity & the Extreme Universe

Overview

For most of human history our only information about the Universe came from visible light. Later we learned to detect other forms of electromagnetic radiation like infrared and radio waves. Today we can finally detect gravitational waves, and that opens the door to fundamentally new ways of observing and understanding the Universe.

Gravitational waves are the “ripples” created in spacetime which are caused by massive accelerating objects. Combined with other observations, they give researchers brand new tools to understand what’s happening in the Universe. Questions include the nature of extreme gravity, the origin and evolution of the universe, and the structure of compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars, as well as profound questions about fundamental physics and astrophysics.

CIFAR’s Gravity & the Extreme Universe program unites world-leading researchers from a number of relevant fields who are taking advantage of this wealth of new information. Fellows were chosen not only for individual excellence, but also for their expertise from a variety of fields, and across theory, experiment and observation.

Founded in: 1986


Members: 36


Renewal Dates: 2008, 2014


Supporters:
R. Howard Webster Foundation


Disciplines:
Astrophysics; astronomy; astroparticle, computational, high energy and particle physics; observational cosmology

Fellows & Advisors

Program Director

GEU_VickyKaspi
Victoria M. Kaspi
Program Director and R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow

Victoria Kaspi’s research focuses on neutron stars: massive, dense celestial objects that emit bursts of radiation as they rotate and that are formed when a massive star explodes.

 

Fellows

Bio Outline

Lars Bildsten

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • United States
J Richard Bond

J. Richard Bond

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
GEU_MarkChen

Mark C. Chen

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Queen's University
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Matthew W. Choptuik

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
GEU_MatthewDobbs

Matt Dobbs

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Richard S. Ellis

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • European Southern Observatory
  • University College London
  • Germany
Bio Outline

Mark Halpern

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
GEU_GaryHinshaw

Gary Hinshaw

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
GEU_GilbertHolder

Gilbert Holder

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • United States
GEU_VickyKalogera

Vicky Kalogera

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Northwestern University
GEU_VickyKaspi

Victoria M. Kaspi

  • R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow
    Program Director,
    Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
GEU_LuisLehner

Luis Lehner

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Perimeter Institute
GEU_ArthurMcDonald

Arthur B. McDonald

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Queen's University
  • Canada
GEU_RobertMyers

Robert C. Myers

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Canada
GEU_JulioNavarro

Julio F. Navarro

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Victoria
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Barth Netterfield

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

John A. Peacock

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Edinburgh
  • United Kingdom
GEU_Ue-LiPen

Ue-Li Pen

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
GEU_HaraldPfeiffer

Harald P. Pfeiffer

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
GEU_SterlPhinney

E. Sterl Phinney

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • California Institute of Technology
  • United States
Bio Outline

Frans Pretorius

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Princeton University
  • United States
GEU_ScottRansom

Scott Ransom

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • United States
GEU_JosephSilk

Joseph Silk

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • John Hopkins University
  • United Kingdom
KendrickSmith_BW

Kendrick Smith

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Canada
GEU_DavidSpergel

David Spergel

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Princeton University
  • United States
GEU_IngridStairs

Ingrid Stairs

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
GEU_NeilTurok

Neil Turok

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Canada
Bio Outline

William G. Unruh

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
GEU_MatiasZaldarriaga

Matias Zaldarriaga

  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • United States

Advisors

GEU_RogerBlandford

Roger Blandford

  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Stanford University
  • United States
Gabriela Gonzalez

Gabriela González

  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Louisiana State University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Lyman Page

  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Princeton University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Eva Silverstein

  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Stanford University
  • United States
GEU_ScottTremaine

Scott D. Tremaine

  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Institute for Advanced Study
  • United States
Bio Outline

Simon White

  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
  • Germany

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Iair Arcavi-BW

Iair Arcavi

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Israel
Sarah Burke-Spolaor

Sarah Burke-Spolaor

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • West Virginia University
  • United States
Maria Drout

Maria R. Drout

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
GEU_DarylHaggard

Daryl Haggard

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Renee Hlozek-BW

Renée Hložek

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Adrian Liu

Adrian Liu

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Raffaella Margutti-BW

Raffaella Margutti

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Northwestern University
  • United States
Ajith Parameswaran

Ajith Parameswaran

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • International Center for International Science
  • India

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