MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Carl Rodriguez

Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellow Postdoctoral Scholar

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Rodriguez received his B.A in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As a graduate student at Northwestern, he has worked with Prof. Fred Rasio on modeling globular clusters and with Prof. Vicky Kalogera on gravitational-wave parameter estimation. His dissertation focused on the interface between the two subjects. In his free time, Carl enjoys rock climbing and backpacking.

Research interests: 

Carl Rodriguez studies the dynamics of dense star clusters, such as globular clusters and galactic nuclei, with a particular interest in the formation and dynamics of black holes in these systems. As part of his Ph.D. work, Rodriguez showed that these systems behave as factories for binary black holes, forming large numbers of sources detectible by the new generation of gravitational-wave telescopes. He is currently a Pappalardo Fellow in physics, exploring how to use gravitational-waves to answer fundamental questions in astrophysics, such as how stars form in clusters and how massive stars evolve.

Representative publications: 

C. L. Rodriguez, C.-J. Haster, S. Chatterjee, V. Kalogera, F. A. Rasio, Dynamical Formation of the GW150914 Binary Black Hole. ApJL 824:8R, May 2016
C. L. Rodriguez, S. Chatterjee, F. A. Rasio, Binary Black Hole Mergers from Globular Clusters: Masses, Merger Rates, and the Impact of Stellar Evolution. Phys. Rev. D 93:084029, Feb. 2016.
C. L. Rodriguez, M. Morscher, B. Pattabiraman, S. Chatterjee, C.-J. Haster, and F. A. Rasio. Binary Black Hole Mergers from Globular Clusters: Implications for Advanced LIGO. Phys. Rev. Lett., 115(5):051101, July 2015.
C. L. Rodriguez, B. Pattabiraman, S. Chatterjee, M. Morscher, F. Rasio, A. Choudhary, W-K. Liao, A New Hybrid Technique for Modeling Dense Star Clusters. ApJS (submitted), Nov. 2015.
C. L. Rodriguez, M. Morscher, L. Wang, S. Chatterjee, F. Rasio, R. Spurzem, Million-Body Star Cluster Simulations: Comparisons between Monte Carlo and Direct N-body. MNRAS (accepted), Jan. 2016.
C. L. Rodriguez, B. Farr, V. Raymond, W. M. Farr, T. B. Littenberg, D. Fazi, and V. Kalogera. Basic Parameter Estimation of Binary Neutron Star Systems by the Advanced LIGO/Virgo Network. ApJ, 784:119, Apr. 2014.

Honors and awards: 

Pappalardo Fellowship, 2016-