The focus of my research has been the development and analysis of numerical relativity simulations, particularly in the context of gravitational wave detections. An important part of that has been assessing the readiness of current numerical relativity codes for the challenges that will come with LISA and third-generation ground-based detectors. Additionally, I have been optimizing the placement of numerical relativity simulations in parameter space in order to more effectively utilize limited computational resources. I conduct this research with Dr. Deirdre Shoemaker as a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin. I am also involved with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.

The focus of my research has been the development and analysis of numerical relativity simulations, particularly in the context of gravitational wave detections. An important part of that has been assessing the readiness of current numerical relativity codes for the challenges that will come with LISA and third-generation ground-based detectors. Additionally, I have been optimizing the placement of numerical relativity simulations in parameter space in order to more effectively utilize limited computational resources. I conduct this research with Dr. Deirdre Shoemaker as a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin. I am also involved with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.

2020

2017

2016

- LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Search for lensing signatures in the gravitational-wave observations from the first half of LIGO-Virgo’s third observing run" (May 2021). arXiv:
`2105.06384 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific, Virgo, and KAGRA Collaborations. "Constraints from LIGO O3 data on gravitational-wave emission due to r-modes in the glitching pulsar PSR J0537-6910" (Apr. 2021). arXiv:
`2104.14417 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Search for anisotropic gravitational-wave backgrounds using data from Advanced LIGO’s and Advanced Virgo’s first three observing runs" (Mar. 2021). arXiv:
`2103.08520 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific, Virgo, and KAGRA Collaborations. "Constraints on cosmic strings using data from the third Advanced LIGO-Virgo observing run" (Jan. 2021). arXiv:
`2101.12248 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific, Virgo, and KAGRA Collaborations. "Upper Limits on the Isotropic Gravitational-Wave Background from Advanced LIGO’s and Advanced Virgo’s Third Observing Run" (Jan. 2021). arXiv:
`2101.12130 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific, Virgo, and KAGRA Collaborations. "Diving below the spin-down limit: Constraints on gravitational waves from the energetic young pulsar PSR J0537-6910" (Dec. 2020). arXiv:
`2012.12926 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "All-sky search in early O3 LIGO data for continuous gravitational-wave signals from unknown neutron stars in binary systems".
*Phys. Rev. D*103.6 (2021), p. 064017. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.103.064017. arXiv:`2012.12128 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Search for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts Detected by Fermi and Swift During the LIGO-Virgo Run O3a" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14550 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Population Properties of Compact Objects from the Second LIGO-Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14533 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Tests of General Relativity with Binary Black Holes from the second LIGO-Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14529 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "GWTC-2: Compact Binary Coalescences Observed by LIGO and Virgo During the First Half of the Third Observing Run" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14527 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Search for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts Detected by Fermi and Swift During the LIGO-Virgo Run O3a" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14550 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Population Properties of Compact Objects from the Second LIGO-Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14533 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Tests of General Relativity with Binary Black Holes from the second LIGO-Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14529 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "GWTC-2: Compact Binary Coalescences Observed by LIGO and Virgo During the First Half of the Third Observing Run" (Oct. 2020). arXiv:
`2010.14527 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Properties and Astrophysical Implications of the 150 M⊙ Binary Black Hole Merger GW190521".
*Astrophys. J. Lett.*900.1 (2020), p. L13. DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aba493. arXiv:`2009.01190 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "GW190521: A Binary Black Hole Merger with a Total Mass of 150M⊙".
*Phys. Rev. Lett.*125.10 (2020), p. 101102. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.101102. arXiv:`2009.01075 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "GW190814: Gravitational Waves from the Coalescence of a 23 Solar Mass Black Hole with a 2.6 Solar Mass Compact Object".
*Astrophys. J. Lett.*896.2 (2020), p. L44. DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab960f. arXiv:`2006.12611 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "GW190412: Observation of a Binary-Black-Hole Coalescence with Asymmetric Masses".
*Phys. Rev. D*102.4 (2020), p. 043015. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.102.043015. arXiv:`2004.08342 [astro-ph.HE]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Open data from the first and second observing runs of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo" (Dec. 2019). arXiv:
`1912.11716 [gr-qc]` - LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations. "Search for intermediate mass black hole binaries in the first and second observing runs of the Advanced LIGO and Virgo network".
*Phys. Rev. D*100.6 (2019), p. 064064. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.100.064064. arXiv:`1906.08000 [gr-qc]`

July 29, 2021

North American Einstein Toolkit Workshop

Virtual

March 2021

Seminar at Gravity Group of University of Mississippi

Virtual

November 2020

Seminar at Astrophysics/Gravity/Cosmology Group of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Virtual

July 21, 2021

14th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves

Virtual

April 2021

American Physical Society April Meeting

Virtual

September 2020

13th International LISA Symposium

Virtual

April 2020

American Physical Society April Meeting

Virtual

January 2020

235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Honolulu, HI

June 2019

Machine Learning in Science and Engineering Conference

Atlanta, GA

May 2019

LISA Waveform Working Group Meeting

Golm, Germany

April 2018

American Physical Society April Meeting

Columbus, OH

October 2017

Georgia Regional Astronomers Meeting

Athens, GA

April 2014

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Lexington, KY

2020

Georgia Institute of Technology

2020

Georgia Institute of Technology

2019

Oak Ridge, Lindau Committee

2016

Georgia Institute of Technology

2016

University of Kentucky

2015

University of Kentucky

2015

University of Kentucky

2013

University of Kentucky

2013

National Merit Scholarship Foundation

Welsh, Office 4.252

Austin, TX 78712

E: deborah.ferguson [at] austin.utexas.edu