Professor Ilya Mandel PhD

Professor Ilya Mandel

School of Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 7434
Fax
+44 (0) 121 414 3722
Email
mandeli@bham.ac.uk
Address
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Ilya Mandel is interested in all aspects of theoretical astrophysics, with a particular focus on strong gravitational fields, compact objects, and gravitational-wave astronomy. He has co-authored more than 100 papers on the evolution of massive stellar binaries, gravitational-wave data analysis, astrostatistics, and related topics.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2007
  • MS in Computer Science, Stanford University, 2001
  • BS in Physics, Stanford University, 2000

Biography

Ilya Mandel received a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2007, with a specialization in gravitational-wave astronomy, under the supervision of Kip S. Thorne.  He carried out postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a National Science Foundation astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow.  Ilya arrived at Birmingham as a Lecturer in 2011, and was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics in 2016.  During this time, Ilya established himself as one of the leaders in the emerging field of gravitational-wave astrophysics, focusing on sources of gravitational waves, data-analysis challenges posed by current and planned gravitational-wave detectors, astrophysics of compact-object binaries and ways in which upcoming observations of gravitational waves can aid our understanding of this astrophysics.  

Teaching

Between 2011 and 2016, Ilya has taught:

  • Classical mechanics and special relativity
  • Introduction to astrophysics
  • Introduction to cosmology
  • General physics
  • Observational cosmology
  • Inference on scientific data
  • MPAGS course on gravitational-wave astronomy

Postgraduate supervision

  • Rory Smith, Ph.D., to California Institute of Technology
  • Will Vousden, Ph.D., to Oxford Asset Management
  • Carl Haster, Ph.D., to Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Currently (co-)supervising 7 PhD students.  See http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup/ for further opportunities

Research

  • Gravitational-wave astronomy
  • Binary evolution modeling
  • Astrophysics of compact objects
  • Tests of general relativity
  • Dynamics in galactic centres and globular clusters
  • Astostatistics

Publications

I. Mandel, S. E. de Mink.  2016.  Merging binary black holes formed through chemically homogeneous evolution in short-period stellar binaries. MNRAS 458, 2634

Abbott, B. et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration)  2016.  Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger.  PRL 116, 061102

I. Mandel and Y. Levin.  2015.  Double tidal disruptions in galactic nuclei.  ApJ Letters, 805, L4

I. Mandel, C.-J. Haster, M. Dominik, K. Belczynski.  2015.  Distinguishing types of compact-object binaries using the gravitational-wave signatures of their mergers.  MNRAS Letters, 450, L85

I. Mandel and R. O'Shaughnessy. 2010. Compact Binary Coalescences in the Band of Ground-based Gravitational-Wave Detectors. Class. Quantum Grav. 27, 114007

I. Mandel, D. A. Brown, J. R. Gair, M. C. Miller. 2008. Rates and Characteristics of Intermediate-Mass-Ratio Inspirals Detectable by Advanced LIGO. ApJ 681 1431

J. Abadie et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration) 2010. Predictions for the Rates of Compact Binary Coalescences Observable by Ground-based Gravitational-wave Detectors. Class. Quant. Grav. 27, 173001

Expertise

Black holes; neutron stars; compact-object binaries; intermediate-mass black holes; stellar dynamics; globular clusters; gravitational-wave astrophysics; LIGO; LISA. Statistical data analysis methods; Bayesian techniques; Markov chain Monte Carlo.

Expertise

Black holes; neutron stars; compact-object binaries; intermediate-mass black holes; stellar dynamics; globular clusters; gravitational-wave astrophysics; LIGO; LISA. Statistical data analysis methods; Bayesian techniques; Markov chain Monte Carlo.