Pablo Laguna

Chair and Professor of Physics



School of Physics

Center for Relativistic Astrophysics

Computational Science & Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology


Physics office:  C-101 Howey

Physics phone: (404) 894 5200

CRA office:  1-63 Boggs

CRA phone: (404) 385-3907

fax:      1-404-894-9958

email:   plaguna at gatech dot edu


837 State St.

School of Physics

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta GA 30332-0430

Supercomputer technology has changed dramatically the landscape of General Relativity. Numerical Relativity, namely the formulation of Einstein field equations in a way amenable to numerical analysis, has emerged as a field of its own and as a tool of astronomical discovery. I am a numerical relativist studying astrophysical phenomena where general relativistic effects play a fundamental role. Currently, the primary focus of my research is the numerical simulation of the compact object binaries involving black holes and neutron stars. These collisions not only expose the complex, non-linear nature of Einstein's field equations, but it will also bring General Relativity much closer in harmony with the observations of gravitational radiation expected to take place in the near future.

2013 - Chair, School of Physics, Georgia Tech

2008 - Professor, School of Physics, Georgia Tech

2008 - Adjunct Professor, Computational Science and Engineering Division, Georgia Tech

2008 - 2013 Director, Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, Georgia Tech

2001 - 2008 Associate Director, Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, Penn State

2001 - 2006 Associate Director, Institute for Gravitational Physics & Geometry, Penn State

2000 - 2008 Professor, Depts. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Penn State

1998 - 2000 Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State

1992 - 1998 Assist. Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State

1990 - 1992 Postdoc, Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory

1989 - 1990 Postdoc, Physics Department, Drexel University

1987 - 1989 Postdoc, Center for Relativity, University of Texas at Austin

1982 - 1987 Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas at Austin

1977 - 1981 B.Sc., Physics, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico