UNH Assistant Professor of Physics, Dr. Francis Foucart.
The UNH Department of Physics is delighted to announce that Dr. Francois Foucart will be joining its faculty as an Assistant Professor in August, 2017. Dr. Foucart is a theoretical astrophysicist whose research focuses on black-hole/black-hole mergers (the in-spiral and subsequent coalescence of two black holes) and black-hole/neutron-star mergers. This problem was catapulted to international prominence by the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves in 2016 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime that propagate at the speed of light, and were predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Dr. Foucart studies these waves using numerical simulations and theoretical calculations. He has published important work on gravitational wave forms from merger events and also on the electromagnetic radiation that is produced by the remnants of a neutron star after a black-hole/neutron-star merger. Dr. Foucart earned his PhD from Cornell University in 2011. Between 2011 and 2014 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto, and since 2014 he has been an Einstein Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA.