Deborah Lynn Ferguson

Physics PhD Candidate

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 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and am a part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.

Deborah Lynn Ferguson

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 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and am a part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.

Education


Ph.D. Physics
  
Expected Fall 2020
Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Physics
  
2017
Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Physics
  
2016
Minors: Mathematics, Computer Science
University of Kentucky

Publications


Inside the Final Black Hole: Puncture and Trapped Surface Dynamics
Christopher Evans, Deborah Ferguson, Bhavesh Khamesra, Pablo Laguna, Deirdre Shoemaker
Submitted
Measuring Spin of the Remnant Black Hole from Maximum Amplitude
D. Ferguson, et al.
2019
Open data from the first and second observing runs of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo
LIGO Scientific Collaboration
Submitted
Targeted numerical simulations of binary black holes for GW170104
J. Healy, et al.
2017
Milky Way Tomography with K and M Dwarf Stars: The Vertical Structure of the Galactic Disk
D. Ferguson, S. Gardner, B. Yanny
2017

Presentations


Assessing the Readiness of Numerical Relativity for Future Gravitational Wave Detections
April 2020
D. Ferguson, K. Jani, D. Shoemaker

American Physical Society April Meeting

Virtual

Assessing the Readiness of Numerical Relativity for Future Gravitational Wave Detections
January 2020
D. Ferguson, K. Jani, D. Shoemaker

235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Honolulu, HI

Using Machine Learning to Optimize Placement of Numerical Relativity Simulations
June 2019
D. Ferguson

Machine Learning in Science and Engineering Conference

Atlanta, GA

Numerical Relativity Errors in LISA
May 2019
D. Ferguson, K. Jani, D. Shoemaker

LISA Waveform Working Group Meeting

Golm, Germany

Revealing the Final Black Hole from Signal at Maximum Amplitude
April 2018
D. Ferguson, et al.

American Physical Society April Meeting

Columbus, OH

Apparent Horizon Dynamics of Binary Black Hole Systems
October 2017
D. Ferguson, et al.

Georgia Regional Astronomers Meeting

Athens, GA

Mobile Physics Engine Modeling Two Dimensional Elastic and Inelastic Collisions for the Educational Demonstration of Physics Phenomena
April 2014
C. Powell, D. Ferguson

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Lexington, KY

Honors and Awards


Larry S. O'Hara Graduate Student Fellowship
2020

Georgia Institute of Technology

Amelio Award for Research Excellence
2020

Georgia Institute of Technology

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
2019

Oak Ridge, Lindau Committee

Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship
2016

Georgia Institute of Technology

Outstanding Senior in Physics
2016

University of Kentucky

Summer Research Grant
2015

University of Kentucky

Outstanding Junior in Physics
2015

University of Kentucky

Singletary Scholarship
2013

University of Kentucky

National Merit Finalist
2013

National Merit Scholarship Foundation

Contact


Georgia Institute of Technology - Center for Relativistic Astrophysics
Boggs Building, Office 1-90B
Atlanta, GA 30332
E: dferguson41 [at] gatech.edu