This is the website for Ian Ruchlin.
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.
The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery by Einstein of the field equations of general relativity. The American Physical Society—the largest organization of physicists in the United States—produced a short documentary about the research conducted at the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I make a brief appearance to discuss my work on highly spinning black hole binaries.