Dr. Christian Reisswig

Computational Astrophysics & Numerical Relativity


A complete list of my publications can be found at SAO/NASA ADS, or is available as pdf.
A selection of my research highlights is available here.
A list of selected invited talks is available here.
Press releases are available here.

Published, Accepted & Submitted

  1. A. Nagar, T. Damour, C. Reisswig, D. Pollney, Energetics and phasing of nonprecessing spinning coalescing black hole binaries, Phys. Rev. D93, 4 (2016).
  2. E. Abdikamalov, C. D. Ott, D. Radice, L. F. Roberts, R. Haas, C. Reisswig, P. Moesta, H. Klion, E. Schnetter, Neutrino-driven Turbulent Convection and Standing Accretion Shock Instability in Three-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernovae, Astrophys. J., 808, 1, 70 (2015).
  3.  V. Fafone, P. J. Sutton, N. Cornish, C. Reisswig, R. Sturani, A. L. Stuver, Summary of session C6: Q & A – everything you wanted to know about gravitational waves but were afraid to ask, Gen. Rel. Grav., 46:1782 (2014).
  4. P. Mosta, S. Richers, C. D. Ott, R. Haas, A. L. Piro, K. Boydstun, E. Abdikamalov, C. Reisswig, E. Schnetter, Magnetorotational Core-Collapse Supernovae in Three Dimensions, Astrophys. J. Lett., 785, 2, L29 (2014).
  5. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Virgo Collaboration, the NINJA-2 Collaboration, The NINJA-2 project: Detecting and characterizing gravitational waveforms modelled using numerical binary black hole simulations, Class. Quantum Grav. 31 115004 (2014).
  6. N. W. Taylor, M. Boyle, C. Reisswig, M. A. Scheel, T. Chu, L. E. Kidder, B. Szilagyi, Comparing Gravitational Waveform Extrapolation to Cauchy-Characteristic Extraction in Binary Black Hole Simulations, Phys. Rev. D 88, 124010 (2013).
  7. N. Bishop, C. Reisswig, The gravitational wave strain in the characteristic formalism of numerical relativity, Gen. Rel. Grav., 46:1643 (2013).
  8. I. Hinder et al. (NRAR Collaboration), Error-analysis and comparison to analytical models of numerical waveforms produced by the NRAR Collaboration, Class. Quantum Grav. 31 025012 (2014).
  9. P. Mosta, B. C. Mundim, J. A. Faber, R. Haas, S. C. Noble, T. Bode, F. Loffler, C. D. Ott, C. Reisswig, E. Schnetter, GRHydro: A new open source general-relativistic magnetohydrodynamics code for the Einstein Toolkit, Class. Quantum Grav. 31, 015005 (2013).
  10. N. Andersson et al., The Transient Gravitational-Wave Sky, Class. Quantum Grav. 30 193002 (2013).
  11. C. Reisswig, C. D. Ott, E. Abdikamalov, R. Haas, P. Mosta, E. Schnetter, Formation and Coalescence of Cosmological Supermassive Black Hole Binaries in Supermassive Star Collapse, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 151101 (2013).
  12. C. D. Ott, E. Abdikamalov, P. Moesta, R. Haas, S. Drasco, E. O’Connor, C. Reisswig, C. Meakin, E. Schnetter, General-Relativistic Simulations of Three-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernovae, Astrophys. J., 768, 115, (2013).
  13. 1. C. Reisswig, R. Haas, C. D. Ott, E. Abdikamalov, P. Moesta, D. Pollney, E. Schnetter, Three-Dimensional General-Relativistic Hydrodynamic Simulations of Binary Neutron Star Coalescence and Stellar Collapse with Multipatch GridsPhys. Rev. D 87, 064023 (2013).
  14. C. Reisswig, N. T. Bishop, D. Pollney, General relativistic null-cone evolutions with a high-order scheme, Gen. Rel. Grav. 45 (5), pp 1069-1094 (2013).
  15. C. D. Ott, E. Abdikamalov, E. O’Connor, C. Reisswig, R. Haas, P. Kalmus, S. Drasco, A. Burrows, E. Schnetter, Correlated Gravitational Wave and Neutrino Signals from General-Relativistic Rapidly Rotating Iron Core CollapsePhys. Rev. D86, 024026 (2012).
  16. P. Ajith et al, The NINJA-2 catalog of hybrid post-Newtonian/numerical-relativity waveforms for non-precessing black-hole binaries, Class. Quantum Grav. 29, 124001 (2012).
  17. T. Damour, A. Nagar, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, Energy versus Angular Momentum in Black Hole Binaries, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 131101 (2012).
  18. C. Reisswig, D. Pollney, Notes on the integration of numerical relativity waveforms, Class. Quantum Grav. 28, 195015 (2011).
  19. N. T. Bishop, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, Initial data transients in binary black hole evolutions, Class. Quantum Grav. 28, 155019 (2011).
  20. P. Ajith, M. Hannam, S. Husa, Y. Chen, B. Bruegmann, N. Dorband, D. Mueller, F. Ohme, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, L. Santamaria, J. Seiler, Inspiral-merger-ringdown waveforms for black-hole binaries with non-precessing spins, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 241101 (2011).
  21. C. D. Ott, C. Reisswig, E. Schnetter, E. O’Connor, U. Sperhake, F. Loffler, P. Diener, E. Abdikamalov, I. Hawke, and A. Burrows, Dynamics and Gravitational Wave Signature of Collapsar Formation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 161103 (2011).
  22. C. Reisswig, C. D. Ott, U. Sperhake, E. Schnetter, Gravitational Wave Extraction in Simulations of Rotating Stellar Core Collapse, Phys. Rev. D 83, 064008 (2011).
  23. D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, Gravitational memory in binary black hole mergers, Astrophys. J. 732, L13 (2011).
  24. L. Santamarıa, F. Ohme, P. Ajith, B. Brugmann, N. Dorband, M. Hannam, S. Husa, P. Mosta, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, E. L. Robinson, J. Seiler, and B. Krishnan, Matching post-Newtonian and numerical relativity waveforms: systematic errors and a new phenomenological model for non-precessing black hole binaries, Phys. Rev. D82, 064016 (2010).
  25. C. Reisswig, N.T. Bishop, D. Pollney, B. Szilagyi, Characteristic extraction in numerical relativity: binary black hole merger waveforms at null infinity, Class. Quantum Grav. 27, 075014 (2010).
  26. D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, E. Schnetter, E. N. Dorband, P. Diener, High accuracy binary black hole simulations with an extended wave zone, Phys. Rev. D 83, 044045 (2011).
  27. D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, E. Schnetter, E. N. Dorband, P. Diener, The Asymptotic Falloff of Local Waveform Measurements in Numerical Relativity, Phys. Rev. D80, 121502 (2009).
  28. C. Reisswig, N. T. Bishop, D. Pollney, B. Szilagyi, Unambiguous determination of gravitational waveforms from binary black hole mergers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 221101 (2009).
  29. C. Reisswig, S. Husa, L. Rezzolla, E. N. Dorband, D. Pollney, J. Seiler, Gravitational-wave detectability of equal-mass black-hole binaries with aligned spins, Phys. Rev. D80, 124026 (2009).
  30. L. Cadonati et al, Status of NINJA: The Numerical INJection Analysis project, Class. Quantum Grav. 26, 114008 (2009).
  31. B. Aylott et al, Testing gravitational-wave searches with numerical relativity waveforms: Results from the first Numerical INJection Analysis (NINJA) project, Class. Quantum Grav. 26, 165008 (2009).
  32. M. Hannam et al, The Samurai Project: Verifying the consistency of black-hole-binary waveforms for gravitational-wave detection, Phys. Rev. D79, 084025 (2009).
  33. . E. Schnetter, C. D. Ott, P. Diener, C. Reisswig, Astrophysical applications of numerical relativity – from Teragrid to Petascale, The 3rd annual TeraGrid Conference, TeraGrid ’08 (2008).
  34. L. Rezzolla, E. Barausse, E. N. Dorband, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, J. Seiler, S. Husa, Final spin from the coalescence of two black holes, Phys. Rev. D78, 044002 (2008).
  35. L. Rezzolla, P. Diener, E. N. Dorband, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, E. Schnetter, J. Seiler, The Final spin from the coalescence of aligned-spin black-hole binaries, Astrophys. J. 674, L29-L32 (2008).
  36. L. Rezzolla, E. N. Dorband, C. Reisswig, P. Diener, D. Pollney, E. Schnetter, B. Szilagyi, Spin Diagrams for Equal-Mass Black-Hole Binaries with Aligned Spins, Astrophys. J. 679, 1422-1426 (2008).
  37. D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, L. Rezzolla, B. Szilagyi, M. Ansorg, B. Deris, P. Diener, E. N. Dorband, M. Koppitz, A. Nagar, E. Schnetter, Recoil velocities from equal-mass binary black-hole mergers: a systematic investigation of spin-orbit aligned configurations, Phys. Rev. D76, 124002 (2007).
  38. M. Koppitz, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, L. Rezzolla, J. Thornburg, P. Diener, E. Schnetter, Recoil Velocities from Equal-Mass Binary-Black-Hole Mergers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 041102 (2007).
  39. C. Reisswig, N. T. Bishop, C. W. Lai, J. Thornburg, B. Szilagyi, Characteristic evolutions in numerical relativity using six angular patches, Class. Quantum Grav. 24, S327-S340 (2007).


  1. C. Reisswig, Binary Black Hole Mergers and Novel Approaches to Gravitational Wave Extraction in Numerical Relativity [pdf],
    Doctoral Thesis in Physics, Leibniz Universitat Hannover, February, 2010.
  2. C. Reisswig, A characteristic Einstein evolution code in adapted coordinates, Diploma Thesis in Physics, Leibniz Universitat Hannover, October, 2006.