Welcome

Hello, I’m Christopher Berry, I am the CIERA Board of Visitors Research Professor at Northwestern University. I am a theoretical physicist, who has somehow become an observational astronomer.

I spend most of my time studying gravitational waves and how we can use them to learn more about our Universe. I am an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration where I am kept busy analysing our discoveries. (I took great pride in being able to update Have we detected gravitational waves yet?) To find out a little more, have a look at my research page; I also try to write a blog post about each of my papers (I’m extremely behind at the moment).

Outside of research, I am enjoy a variety of outreach activities. I’d especially recommend Astronomy in the City in Birmingham during the winter months. It’s all quite exciting.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham. Before that that I was a PhD student at the Institute of AstronomyUniversity of Cambridge; my supervisor was Jonathan Gair. Together with others in the former Cambridge Gravity Group, I have designed a webpage for producing cartoon gravitational-wave sensitivity curves. I read Natural Sciences as an undergraduate in Cambridge, at Churchill College. It’s a beautiful place, especially if you like right angles.

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