I am a physicist, a mathematician, and a developer… a creator, a problem solver, and a curious mind.
As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at West Virginia University (2015–18), I developed custom open source computer code to simulate and study gravitational phenomena which became 180 times more efficient than our competitors. This work has been presented at 5 conferences, lead to 2 publications in Physical Review D, and the creation of an Open Source Project named SENR/NRPy+.
My primary research focus involves generating accurate numerical simulations of the inspiral and merger phases of orbiting black hole binaries. In particular, I am interested in exploring the extreme limits of general relativity in the regime of near maximal intrinsic angular momentum. In addition to probing the peculiarities of nonlinear gravity theory, I generate astrophysical gravitational waveforms for use in gravitational wave detection experiments.
PhD Dissertation: Puncture Initial Data and Evolution of Black Hole Binaries with High Speed and High Spin (2015)
Numerical generation of vector potentials from specified magnetic fields
Zachary J. Silberman, Thomas R. Adams, Joshua A. Faber, Zachariah B. Etienne, and Ian Ruchlin
Submitted to J. Comp. Phys; arXiv:1803.10207
Numerical relativity in spherical coordinates with the Einstein Toolkit
Vassilios Mewes, Yosef Zlochower, Manuela Campanelli, Ian Ruchlin, Zachariah B. Etienne, and Thomas W. Baumgarte
Physical Review D (97) 084059 (2018); arXiv:1802.09625.
SENR/NRPy+: Numerical relativity in singular curvilinear coordinate systems
Ian Ruchlin, Zachariah B. Etienne, and Thomas W. Baumgarte
Physical Review D (97) 064036 (2018); arXiv:1712.07658
Evolutions of unequal mass, highly spinning black hole binaries
James Healy, Carlos O. Lousto, Ian Ruchlin, and Yosef Zlochower
Physical Review D (97) 104026 (2018); arXiv:1711.09041
Evolutions of nearly maximally spinning black hole binaries using the moving puncture approach
Yosef Zlochower, James Healy, Carlos O. Lousto, and Ian Ruchlin
Physical Review D (96) 044002 (2017); arXiv:1706:01980
Puncture initial data for black-hole binaries with high spins and high boosts
Ian Ruchlin, James Healy, Carlos O. Lousto, and Yosef Zlochower
Physical Review D (95) 024033 (2017); arXiv:1410.8607
High energy collisions of black holes numerically revisited
James Healy, Ian Ruchlin, Carlos O. Lousto, and Yosef Zlochower
Physical Review D (94) 104020 (2016); arXiv:1506.06153
Calculating a confidence interval on the sum of binned leakage
Ian Ruchlin and Richard W. Schnee
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A. Volume 664, Issue 1 (2012); arXiv:1106.6296