UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium

Gravitational waves from LIGO’s first detection

Welcome to the UMass-URI Gravity Research Consortium (U2GRC).

The U2GRC is a collaboration between the gravity research groups at UMass Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island. The research areas of interest to the group members include: black holes, gravitational waves, multi-messenger astronomy, astrophysics and quantum gravitation. Most members are part of the LIGO Science Collaboration or the LISA Consortium. Research efforts in the U2GRC are funded through multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, NASA and private foundations (FQXi and others).

U2GRC members collaborate externally with other research groups including the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration (Caltech & Cornell), Kavli Institute for Astrophysics (MIT), Black Hole Initiative & Center for Astrophysics (Harvard), Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Germany), Texas Tech, Penn State University and Louisiana State University.


  • Caroline’s paper covered by Scientific American - Is Time Travel Possible? The laws of physics allow time travel. So why haven’t people become chronological hoppers? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-time-travel-possible/
  • Eastern Gravity Meeting at URI in June! - Find out details at the meeting link below:
  • Gaurav’s new paper on Aretakis charges in Kerr - Aretakis Hair for Extreme Kerr Black Holes with Axisymmetric Scalar Perturbations Lior M. Burko, Gaurav Khanna, Subir Sabharwal arXiv:2304.06210 (2023)
  • Aubrey Laity selected as NASA RI Space Grant Graduate Fellow - Congratulations to Aubrey Laity, who just this week was selected as a recipient of the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Graduate Fellowship for academic year 2023 – 2024. As a part of this fellowship she will contribute directly to LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA’s upcoming fourth observing run, set to begin this spring and continue throughout the term of […]
  • Michael Puerrer publishes new pySEOBNR model with Max Planck collaborators - pySEOBNR: a software package for the next generation of effective-one-body multipolar waveform models Deyan P. Mihaylov, Serguei Ossokine, Alessandra Buonanno, Hector Estelles, Lorenzo Pompili, Michael Pürrer, Antoni Ramos-Buades arXiv:2303.18203 (2023) Laying the foundation of the effective-one-body waveform models SEOBNRv5: improved accuracy and efficiency for spinning non-precessing binary black holes Lorenzo Pompili, Alessandra Buonanno, Héctor Estellés, Mohammed Khalil, Maarten van de Meent, Deyan P. Mihaylov, Serguei Ossokine, Michael Pürrer, Antoni […]
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