Hi! My name is Igor Andreoni and I am an astronomer. I use telescopes to discover and study the most extreme events happening in the Universe.
Massive stars die in spectacular explosions that we can observe out to billions of light years away. Black holes and neutron stars crash against each other, releasing gravitational waves that we can capture with instruments such as the LIGO, Virgo, and KAGRA interferometers. Thanks to the visionary work of scientists, we are now able to look & listen to the Universe. We are ready to learn.
Currently, I work as Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at Joint Space-Science Institute, which is a research partnership between the Astronomy and Physics departments at University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. I serve as co-Chair of the Rubin Transients and Variable Stars Scientific Collaboration.
Photo by Carl Knox
Electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves and multi-messenger Astronomy
High Energy transients
Fast radio bursts
Fast transients and high time resolution optical astronomy
Check the status of
gravitational wave detectors
Check the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA O4
gravitational-wave sources found so far
New survey telescopes such as Vera C. Rubin Observatory can revolutionize astronomy. I work in preparation to this great project to maximize the discovery potential of Vera Rubin Observatory when it comes online in 2024.
I discover and study astronomical transients using many telescopes, including the Dark Energy Camera, the Zwicky Transient Facility, and telescopes part of the GROWTH network.
During my PhD I worked on the "Deeper Wider Faster" program, aiming at discovering the fastest bursts in the sky including counterparts to fast radio bursts and gravitational wave events.
GitHub handle: igorandreoni
My work can also be found on ResearchGate
Top image: "The Transient Beauty"
Background image: Astrophysics school "Look & Listen", Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo, Mexico, 2014