Frank Löffler

My main current scientific interest is the behavior of matter in strongly curved environments, where both the dynamics of nuclear matter as well as general relativity are important. Most of my current research involves simulations of neutron stars, either as single neutron stars that may undergo instabilities, or together with a companion that is either a black hole or another neutron star. Research in this direction is particularly timely and urgent, as gravitational waves from neutron star binaries are expected to be observed in the near future, potentially making a direct connection between such systems and short gamma-ray bursts.

I lead research projects in numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics and community software engineering. I also consult LSU faculty and staff in questions of technology and software development. This includes efficient use of present IT infrastructure, as well as strategic planning with future trends in mind. To follow and understand the ever-increasing influence of digital technologies on society, future job markets and teaching methods is going to be even more than in the past essential for success. Communicating this to the next generation is one of my motivations to offer lectures at elementary schools, to train and mentor robotics teams at local schools, and to teach regular courses at LSU.


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