Hello, I’m Christopher Berry, and I am a postdoctoral research fellow with the Gravitational Wave Group, part of the Astrophysics and Space Research Group at the University of Birmingham. I am a theoretical physicist, who has somehow become an observational astronomer. I spend most of my time studying gravity, I am particularly interested in what we can learn from gravitational waves and I am currently working as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. 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 rather behind at the moment).
Outside of my main research, I am involved with helping out with a variety of outreach activities. My group in Birmingham organises a wide range of activities—I’d especially recommend Astronomy in the City during the winter months. It’s all quite exciting.
Previously, I was a PhD student at the Institute of Astronomy, one of the departments of the University of Cambridge. My supervisor was Jonathan Gair. I did my undergraduate degree in Cambridge too, at Churchill College.
Together with others in the Cambridge Gravity Group, I have designed a webpage for producing cartoon gravitational-wave sensitivity curves, which may be useful if you want a good-looking plot showing the spectrum of gravitational-wave detectors and sources. I am also responsible for Have we detected gravitational waves yet? which I took great pride in updating.