Maximiliano Isi

Flatiron Research Fellow, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, NYC


Flatiron Institute

162 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10010

I am a gravitational-wave astrophysicist using observations to probe the physics and astrophysics of gravity, black holes, and neutron stars. I create new ways to exploit LIGO and Virgo measurements to answer questions in (astro)phyisics and cosmology, while paving the way for future instruments like LISA. When not working with data, I think about open questions regarding the nature of black hole mergers and their observational implications.

Before joining the Flatiron Institute as a Research Fellow, I was a NASA Einstein Fellow at MIT. I obtained my PhD in Physics from Caltech in 2018, where I was part of the LIGO Laboratory. I have been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since I joined as an undergraduate student in 2012.

My current research interests include: measurements of black-hole spins, black-hole spectroscopy, mass-function cosmology, dark matter signatures with gravitational waves, using gravitational waves to constrain the fundamental symmetries of spacetime (e.g., parity and Lorentz invariance).

h-index 88 / 25  |  publications 195 / 52  |  citations 76k / 2.3k

first number includes LIGO collaboration papers; second number excludes them

Photo credit: La Diaria, Juan Manuel Ramos

selected publications

  1. PRL
    Testing the Black-Hole Area Law with GW150914
    Maximiliano Isi, Will M. Farr, Matthew Giesler, and 2 more authors
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2021
  2. PRL
    Testing the no-hair theorem with GW150914
    Maximiliano Isi, Matthew Giesler, Will M. Farr, and 2 more authors
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2019