Pappalardo Fellows

Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2016-2019

Name: Carl Rodriguez

Title: Pappalardo Fellow in Physics


Phone: (318) 469-1779


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 37-664L
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics:

Theoretical Astrophysics

Research Interests

Carl Rodriguez studies the dynamics of dense star clusters, such as globular clusters and galactic nuclei, with a particular interest in the formation and dynamics of black holes in these systems. As part of his Ph.D. work, Rodriguez showed that these systems behave as factories for binary black holes, forming large numbers of sources detectible by the new generation of gravitational-wave telescopes. He is currently exploring how to use gravitational-waves to answer fundamental questions in astrophysics, such as how stars form in clusters and how massive stars evolve.

Biographical Sketch

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Rodriguez received his B.A in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As a graduate student at Northwestern, he has worked with Prof. Fred Rasio on modeling globular clusters and with Prof. Vicky Kalogera on gravitational-wave parameter estimation. His dissertation focused on the interface between the two subjects. In his free time, Carl enjoys rock climbing and backpacking.

Selected Publications

  • C. L. Rodriguez, M. Morscher, B. Pattabiraman, S. Chatterjee, C.-J. Haster, and F. A. Rasio. Binary Black Hole Mergers from Globular Clusters: Implications for Advanced LIGO. Physical Review Letters, 115(5):051101, July 2015.
  • C. L. Rodriguez, B. Pattabiraman, S. Chatterjee, M. Morscher, F. Rasio, A. Choudhary, W-K. Liao, A New Hybrid Technique for Modeling Dense Star Clusters. ApJS (submitted), Nov. 2015.
  • C. L. Rodriguez, M. Morscher, L. Wang, S. Chatterjee, F. Rasio, R. Spurzem, Million-Body Star Cluster Simulations: Comparisons between Monte Carlo and Direct N-body. MNRAS (submitted), Jan. 2016.
  • C. L. Rodriguez, B. Farr, V. Raymond, W. M. Farr, T. B. Littenberg, D. Fazi, and V. Kalogera. Basic Parameter Estimation of Binary Neutron Star Systems by the Advanced LIGO/Virgo Network. ApJ, 784:119, Apr. 2014.
  • C. L. Rodriguez, I. Mandel, and J. R. Gair. Verifying the no-hair property of massive compact objects with intermediate-mass-ratio inspirals in advanced gravitational-wave detectors. Phys. Rev. D, 85(6):062002, Mar. 2012.

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