Astrophysicist Vicky Kalogera has been awarded 2016 Hans A. Bethe Prize from American Physical Society.
Vassiliki Vicky Kalogera, the Erastus O. Haven Professor and associate chair of the department of physics and astronomy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), was awarded the prize on October 21, 2015. The award recognizes her work with neutron stars, black holes and gravitational waves Kalogera’s particular interest is binary systems, where two stars orbit each other.
A native of Serres, Greece, in 1992, she earned a BS in Physics from the Aristoteleion Panepistimion Thessalonikis, and a PhD, in Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997.
Her accolades are numerous, and include:
Maria Goeppert Mayer Award
David and Lucille Packard Fellow
Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award
Vicky Kalogera is interested in the physics of compact astrophysical objects: white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. In binary systems, where two stars orbit each other, the interactions of compact objects are especially interesting. They can include a wide variety of violent phenomena such as powerful X-ray emission, supernova explosions, black hole formation, and mergers. Her research is focused mainly on how such systems are born, how they evolve, and how they end their lives. She is also interested in how the properties of such systems are affected by their galactic environments.
Her studies compact objects in three main contexts: as sources of X-ray emission, radio pulses, and gravitational waves. Her research goals include the understanding of X-ray binary observations with NASA’s Chandra Observatory in the Milky Way and other galaxies, of current discoveries of binary pulsar systems, and the prediction of anticipated event rates for current and future gravitational wave detectors.
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