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Luke Zoltan Kelley

Kelley, Luke

Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley


Dr. Kelley was a CIERA postdoc from 2018 – 2022.

He is now an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Kelley works at the interface of transient astrophysics and galaxy populations. His research focused on the massive black holes (MBHs) which reside in the centers of galaxies, and the gravitational waves (GW) they produce after forming binaries following galaxy mergers. Luke performed extensive modeling of MBH binaries using hydrodynamic, cosmological simulations to make predictions for future GW detections by pulsar timing arrays. He also studied stellar compact binaries as LIGO sources and progenitors of short gamma-ray bursts, in addition to tidal-disruption events of stars by MBH.

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